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“don't be deceived by the outside- go in”

Basilica di Santo Spirito
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Beyond the Arno: Oltrarno Walking Tour
Ranked #63 of 631 things to do in Florence
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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.
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“don't be deceived by the outside- go in”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

The outside looks plain and it is the hang out of locals and students alike, but don't let that stop you-go in! I even attended a mass and got to meet the priest (who was from the Congo and spoke excellent english and french). Go see the Michelangelo crucifix in the side room - made from wood when he was just 17 as a gift to the church for allowing him to study the dead bodies before they were buried. Salvatore, is the guard at the desk, he looks stern but he's nice.

Visited April 2014
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Mississauga, Canada
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“Renaissance style”
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.

Visited November 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Great Michelangelo Crucifix”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Bragg, California
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“A lovely church in the Oltrano”
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.

Visited May 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“The wooden crucifix is simply stunning.”
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.

Visited May 2013
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