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Basilica di Santo Spirito – Florence

The Basilica Di Santo Spirito (“Basilica of the Holy Spirit”) in Florence is another example of stunning renaissance architecture.  Filippo Brunelleschi submitted designs for the building shortly before his death in 1446, fortunately, his followers finally completed the building on his behalf.  Michelangelo Buonarroti, famously known for his sculpture David, studied here when only 17 years of age and was allowed to make anatomical studies on corpses from the convents hospital; in exchange he sculpted a wooden crucifix which is now displayed in the octagonal sacristy.  The crucifix is particularly significant due to the fact that Christ is naked.

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Basilica of Santa Maria Novella – Florence

I had the pleasure of visiting Florence last year (2019) and without doubt it gets added to the list of wonderful cities Italy has to offer.  Although the UK is now suffering with Covid-19, I did feel a tinge of sadness when Italy was one of the first countries in Europe  to suffer this horrendous pandemic.  Without doubt Italy is one of the best countries in the world to visit, it oozes culture, stunning architecture and wonderful open and friendly people.  Like the UK I hope and pray that this pandemic ends soon and Italy is again open for business.   Now to this post, the first great basilica, Santa Maria Novella, was founded in the thirteenth century and is simply a beautiful structure both inside and out.  During the renaissance period the church attracted the likes of Giotto, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi and Botticelli to name but a few and examples of their artistic brilliance can be witnessed throughout.

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Views of Florence

Florence is a stunning place to visit, much like all of Italy which is my favourite country to visit.

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Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – Florence

The first thing that strikes you when you approach the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo Cathedral) is its shear enormity, so it comes as no surprise that it’s the third largest in the world.  Being Florence’s most visited tourist attraction it dominates central Florence and when approaching from the surrounding streets its stunning marble cladding is simply impossible to miss.

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St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds

Whilst in Bury St Edmunds for a reunion, I thought I would spend a couple of hours taking in the local sights.  St Mary’s church was on my list and it proved to be a gem.  Although a church was established on the site nearly 900 yrs ago, St Mary’s in its present form has been around since the 15th century and it has been beautifully preserved.

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York Minster

York Minster is one of the largest places of worship in Europe.  The Minster was built over a period of 250 years, between 1220 and 1472 and, at the time, was at the forefront of gothic architecture.  Like Notre Dame in Paris, York minster suffered a serious fire in 1984 which was apparently caused by a bolt of lightning, resulting in £2.25m worth of damage.  The project to restore the Minster to its former glory was completed one year ahead of schedule in 1988.

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THE V&A DUNDEE

A few shots of the impressive exterior of the V&A museum recently opened in Dundee.

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Budapest – St Stephen’s Basilica

A few more shots of the stunning interior of St Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest. St Stephen’s is the largest neo-renaissance church (or Cathedral) in Budapest and can hold up to an incredible 8,500 people.

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Gellért Baths – Budapest

A few shots of the stunning interior of the Gellért Baths in Budapest.

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