Church of Santa Maria Novella

Church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence

Church of Santa Maria Novella

Church of Santa Maria Novella
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
13:00 - 17:00
About
Dominican monastery that serves as a distinguished monument to the religious and artistic history of Florence, which features valuable examples of Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries..
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1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Florence Historic Center
How to get there
  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 8 min walk
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Madeline
Oxford, UK29 contributions
Apr 2022
This was a gorgeous church and the service was beautiful. I went during Holy week and it didn't use too much incense.
Written 17 April 2022
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland596 contributions
Mar 2022
A great church, in my eyes much nicer than the Cathedral, full of paintings. I would strongly recommend visiting this church!
Written 3 April 2022
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KatrinaMolini
Corciano, Italy7,434 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This church was a Dominican convent before and you can clearly see that when you visit it inside. I was always wondering what is behind that beautiful façade. The entrance is €7.50 and doesn’t require a booking online. You can see the courtyards, the church inside with some chapels and works of art, then you continue to the cemetery with burials of important people back then who supported the church, and enjoy the rest of the museum. I guess my favorite part was the small cloister and refectory. If you love frescoes you will really enjoy it here.
Written 18 March 2022
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ianwebb75
London, UK932 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This church ranks right up there with the best I’ve seen in Europe. Beautiful and huge. It feels like it is never ending and each new room brings another little chapel. Just stunning. Give yourself a couple of hours to do it justice.
Written 28 December 2021
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andezz99
Dallas, TX302 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
The façade of Santa Maria Novella, completed by Leon Battista Alberti in 1470. The Novella is right outside our hotel facing a large plaza. there are many frescos, paintings and sculptures here. The Novella was financed by many imprortant residents of Florence and ensured them a burial in the church, the more affluent the donor the better the positioning.

The entrance fee is 7.50 euros and worth it. A self guided tour can be soon in about an hour. You will need your green pass or Covid-19 vaccination card to enter.
Written 1 October 2021
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KDJERO
Saint Charles, MO620 contributions
Jul 2021
We started our city tour here and I thought this church was impressive. Turns out its one of the smaller ones in Florence but still nice.
Written 10 August 2021
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pldj m
163 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
It is the first great basilica in Florence. And is the Dominican church. The church painting lies green and white marble. Need to see the Great Cloister, very long, painted by more than 15 different painters.
Written 25 October 2020
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Gerald R
Newquay, UK45 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Appreciate that Covid-19 has complicated everybody's lives but if we took the time and trouble to travel to Florence and to visit the Basilica of MSN, we thought that they could at least have taken the time and trouble to: (1) publish accurate information about opening times; (2) actually open on the days that they are supposed to. Very poor. Created bad impression of Florence.
Written 13 September 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
This is one of Florence most beautiful catholic churches. It stands out so beautifully because of its intricate design. It is located in one of the small parks downtown and is not free to enter.. how unreal to have to pay to enter a church. It is more like a museum because of it beautiful iinterior.
Please do not miss visiting.
Written 15 June 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,652 contributions
Jan 2020
In addition to the many magnificent works in this city, this church stands out for its beauty and significance. Architecturally, it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany. Impressed us the wealth of works of art that adorn the church. The church, the adjoining cloister, and chapter house contain a multiplicity of art treasures and funerary monuments. Especially famous are frescoes by masters of Gothic and early Renaissance. They were financed by the most important Florentine families, who ensured themselves funerary chapels on consecrated ground. It is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the city's principal Dominican church. The basilica and adjoining cloister were built by the Dominican Order in the 13th century, starting with the small Church of Santa Maria delle Vigne, called this because of the countryside which surrounded it at the time. The church was designed by two Dominican friars, Fra Sisto Fiorentino and Fra Ristoro da Campi. The lower part of the marble facade, which is Romanesque in style, is believed to have been executed by a Dominican architect, Fra Iacopo Talenti da Nipozzano, while the upper part was completed only 100 years later in 1470 by Leon Battista Alberti. He was already famous as the architect of the Tempio Malatestiano in Rimini. The interesting thing is that the facade is not only the oldest of all the churches in Florence but it is also the only church with its original, planned facade still in place today. Inside, the church is vast and looks even longer than it is thanks to the clever coloring of the central arches. The layout is supposed to be work of Brunelleschi, the same architect of the Duomo's cupola. The inside of the church, the first example of Gothic architecture in Florence, is a treasure trove of artwork. Starting with Masaccio’s 1424 Holy Trinity, the fresco in which he experimented with perspective for the first time, thus becoming the pinnacle of Renaissance art, followed by, at the end of the nave, Giotto’s great Crucifix from 1290 stands at a striking height of 4.5 metres and is one of the spectacular pieces from the artist’s earlier works. In the Strozzi Chapel, there are Filippino Lippi’s frescoes which depict the life of Saint John the Evangelist, while the Tornabuoni Chapel is decorated with a fresco depicting moments from the life of the Virgin Mary and Saint John by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Also noteworthy are a nativity scene, painted by Sandro Botticelli near the start of his career, and Filippo Brunelleschi’s Crucifix in the Gondi Chapel, the only of his sculptures to be made of wood.
Written 15 April 2020
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  • Sun - Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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