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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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