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Church of Santa Croce

Church of Santa Croce

“Built by the Franciscans between 1294 and 1442 but with a 19th-century facade, cavernous Santa Croce is chockablock with 14th-century frescoes and the tombs of famous Florentines, including Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and Galileo, as well as a memorial to Dante, who died in exile in Ravenna. In the right transept you'll find Giotto's frescoes in the Cappella Peruzzi and the Cappella Bardi, the latter famous as a setting in "A Room with a View," and featuring "The Death of Saint Francis" and "Trial by Fire Before the Sultan", among Giotto's best-known works. In the left transept, you can see Donatello's famous crucifix. Taddo Gaddi's frescoes in the Cappella Baroncelli depict scenes from the life of the Virgin, while in the right transept, the Cappella Castellani, Gaddi's son, Agnolo, designed the stained-glass windows in the high altar sanctuary, and painted the saints and the "Legend of the True Cross" cycle on its walls.

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