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“Michelangelo's cross with special ticket”

Basilica di Santo Spirito
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US$158.38*
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Beyond the Arno: Oltrarno Walking Tour
Ranked #69 of 671 things to do in Florence
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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 3 weeks ago

There are lots of nice churches in Florence. The gem of Santo Spirito is the crusifix by young Michelangelo. It was in sepatate and peaceful small room. You need a special ticket for it, but it is worth of some euros.

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Reviewed 22 May 2018

This is one of the most important pieces of renaissance architecture by Brunelleschi; like so many similar works it was not completed in his lifetime or according to plan. It has no decorated facade. Originally each side chapel would have been a dome, which from the outside would have given it a curious oriental look. Built largely in Pietra Serena, it is predominantly grey inside. Inside there is one painting of interest, which is slightly naive in its perspective, depicting a story of the Virgin Mary saving a child is from The devil. Worth a look!

Thank Bruce R
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

In an attempt to get away from the crowds around Ponte Vecchio we took a side street and stumbled upon this piazza and church. The church is quite unassuming from the outside, though large, but a revelation upon entering. There were very few other people there and it was a wonderful opportunity to view the artworks around the main church. Off to the side was a small chapel where the wooden statue of Christ carved by an 18 year old Michelangelo. Most people baulked at the Euro 3 entry price. Their mistake! We found ourselves alone in the room with this wonderful artwork. Adjacent is a beautiful peaceful cloisters, full of history and a wonderful respite from the tourist frenzy. Well worth visiting.

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

San Spirito is a beautiful church built by Filippo Brunelleschi, the great architect who built the dome of The Duomo. His other buildings include The Pazzi Chapel at Santa Croce and the interior of The Church of San Lorenzo.

It is a beautiful Renaissance style church, almost identical to that of San Lorenzo.Especially worth seeing is the crucifix carved by Michelangelo if it is on display.

You can see one shot of this church in my film: Florence: The Smaller Churches of Firenze on my YouTube channel: Art and Travel by Dave, as I learned that photography was not allowed.

Thank David S
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

This church is not far from Pitti palace and we stumbled on the square just walking back to Ponto Vecchio.
It is large but somewhat unassuming from outside, but once you enter, the cold stoic and mystic environment takes you back centuries. The feeling is solemn, somewhat dark, but also very elevated. There are a lot of side chapels with pretty amazing art.
There is a wooden cross carved by young Michelangelo who used to study anatomy in this church, including dissecting bodies with the permission of friars.
This church is just one of those unexpected gems you find everywhere in Florence.

Thank ldjs
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