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“Renaissance style”

Basilica di Santo Spirito
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: While it may not look like much from the outside, the elaborate interior of Brunelleschi's landmark church proves that it is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.
Reviewed 28 January 2014

The Church is quite old, It was designed by Brunelleschi in a Renaissance style. The place is less crowded due to the fact it being away from the touristy area. The interesting and famous thing in the church would be wooden crucifix created by Michelangelo.

There is no tourism during services, so plan accordingly.

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Reviewed 21 September 2013

The Basilica of Santo Spirito was designed by Brunelleschi in 1427. The building is one of the pre-eminent examples of Renaissance architecture. There is a Michelangelo treasure in the church. The wooden crucifix was discovered in 1962 and has been attributed to Michelangelo, who sculpted it when he was 18 years old. It is found in the Barbadori Chapel. It shocked the world when discovered because it showed a nude Christ.

The church is free to enter. However we left a small donation for the church maintenance.

3  Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

There are so many amazing churches throughout Italy. This one is a bit off the beaten path in the much less crowded Oltrano district, and is refreshingly understated. From the outside it is a big plain building, easy to pass. It was designed by Brunelleschi in a Renaissance style. The artistic highlight is a small wooden crucifix carved by a young Michelangelo.

1  Thank Gary C
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We are both pleased that we followed up a recommendation from a local. On the day of our arrival the church was closed but we decided to wait our time in the square opposite the church and do a little people watching. We were not prepared for what we discovered inside.

Yes the church itself is impressive, but it is the wooden crucifix created by Michelangelo that hangs in the sacristy accessed from the western aisle of the church that was so mesmerizing, craved when he was only 17 years of age.

The wooden crucifix is simply stunning, so life like, you expect Jesus to to lift his head and look at you, it is a beautiful piece of art.

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Reviewed 30 June 2013

For no other reason, come here to see the wooden crucifix carved by Michelangelo. It is in the side chapel to the left. There is an admission charge, but it is covered with the Florence Card. There is no tourism during services, so plan accordingly.

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