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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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Budapest – Cave Church

Definitely not your typical church, the Cave church on St Gellert Hill in Budapest is within a cave system originally formed by thermal springs.   The cave known as Saint Ivan’s Cave (Szent Iván-barlang) was named after Saint Ivan who lived in the cave and was renowned for his healing powers.  The church which was founded in 1926, was sealed up in 1951 following the arrest of the monks and their superior, Father Vezer by the communist regime.  The church was eventually reopened in 1991 and rightfully handed back to the monks.

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

Originally the parish church of St James, the cathedral was developed over many centuries and in 1914 the Cathedral of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich was created.  More recently, a new tower, cloisters and chapels were added thanks to the Millennium project.   As a consequence the Cathedral is a sparkling combination of the old and the new.

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York Minster

A few more shots of the spectacular interior of York Minster.

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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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Budapest – Fisherman’s Bastion

A few shots of Fisherman’s Bastion which is one of Budapest’s many iconic attractions.  Located in the Castle Hill district of Budapest, the seven towers provide stunning views of Budapest and the Danube.

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St Stephen’s Basilica – Budapest

A few shots of the stunning exterior of St Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest.

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