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Basilica of Santa Croce

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Basilica of Santa Croce

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Basic Information

Location 43.7685°N 11.2626°E
Phone number +39 055 246 6105
Country Italy
City Florence
Address Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility yes
Geographical Coordinates 43.7685,11.26244


Summary

The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 metres south east of the Duomo. The site, when first chosen, was in marshland outside the city walls. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories.

A Jewish architect, Niccolo Matas from Ancona, designed the church's 19th century neo-Gothic facade, working a prominent Star of David into the composition. Matas had wanted to be buried with his peers but because he was Jewish, he was buried under the porch and not within the walls.


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