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Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella, an architectural gem nestled in the heart of Florence, Italy, is a testament to the city’s rich cultural and artistic heritage. Constructed in the 13th century, this Dominican church is a harmonious blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles, showcasing the aesthetic prowess of influential architects such as Leon Battista Alberti. The façade, adorned with intricate polychrome marble, is a masterpiece in itself, drawing visitors into a world where art and spirituality converge.

Upon entering Santa Maria Novella, visitors are greeted by a sanctuary adorned with some of the most celebrated artworks of the Renaissance. Gaze upon Masaccio’s seminal fresco, the Holy Trinity, where the artist ingeniously employed linear perspective to create a sense of depth and realism. The serene beauty of Ghirlandaio’s frescoes and the ethereal elegance of Filippo Lippi’s Coronation of the Virgin further enrich the church’s interior. The Green Cloister, an oasis of tranquility within the complex, offers a respite for contemplation amidst its lush gardens and Renaissance architecture.

In addition to its artistic treasures, Santa Maria Novella is home to one of the oldest pharmacies in the world, Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Established in the 16th century by Dominican friars, the pharmacy preserves ancient recipes for perfumes, balms, and herbal remedies. Exploring Santa Maria Novella is an immersive journey through the evolution of Florentine art and spirituality, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking to unravel the layers of history that define this enchanting city.

Santa Maria Novella

Practical Information

Open daily, 9:30am-5:30pm

Adults: €7.50

Children ages 11-18 (ID required): €5.00


Unità, Traim T2

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