Basilica di Santo Spirito

Basilica di Santo Spirito, Florence

Basilica di Santo Spirito
4.5
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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.
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Neighbourhood: Oltrarno
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Lidia C
Rotterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
A must see if you love arts
Jun 2021 • Family
Totally worth visiting! Don’t be deceived by the simple outward look, inside are jewels of real art. Free entrance but check the opening times! Closed on Wednesdays. By car, there is a parking parallel to the old walls.
Written 29 July 2021
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Blue Heeler
Atlanta, GA684 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jul 2021
On the south side of the river but in walking distance of the Duomo center, this church was an unexpected gem. Entry was free unlike some others. The large paintings were astonishing in here if you like art. They had explanations of them in Italian but use your camera translation in Google translate to learn more. Well worth a visit IMHO.
Written 8 July 2021
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artmac21
Inverness, UK63 contributions
Unexpected joy and light filled.
Aug 2020
I came across this church after visiting the Pitti Palace. It was in an area recommended by a local for eating out in. The Church, a Basilica nonetheless, is simple on the outside but a joy inside. It’s much larger than I anticipated on the inside, but full of light, no mean feat given the time it was built. Others refer to its simplicity but it’s not. It’s full of space and light which makes everything seem less overwhelming to take in. I understand it was designed by the same architect as the Duomo, and that makes sense, as it’s got genius in it. Their is some incredible art, and an alter that is astounding. It’s free to get in but you need two euros in coins to access the sacristy with Michelangelo’s crucifix. I didn’t have that and was slightly disappointed but next time I will be prepared. However, the works available freely made up for this. It’s a working church and I suspect locally cherished so no photos please. I know it seems unfair but it is place of worship first and foremost. An unexepected joy, which is a massive achievement as I’d just seen the Uffizi and the Pitti so I should have been exhausted by the art. I wasn’t. It renewed me and astounded me, given the age of the church, it’s construction and art are mind blowing. A real treasure.
Written 28 August 2020
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,582 contributions
Nothing like the rest of churches
Jan 2020 • Solo
This Basilica was closed the day I visited. It is a rather conspicuous church. The area it is located was a bit unkempt. It is nothing compared to the other beautiful basilicas in other area of the city. If you happen to be in the area and find it then good, but I wouldnt recommend you go out of your way to find it.
Written 15 June 2020
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN2,612 contributions
Simplicity has its place
Mar 2020
Simplicity at its finest. Sit for a spell. The church is not over the top like so many in Florence. It is peaceful.
Written 15 March 2020
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Bourlingueur
Albany, NY691 contributions
Beautiful and Quiet Church
Nov 2019
We stopped at the Basilica di Santo Spirito in Florence. It is a real church and it feels that way. The is not an admission charge and the atmosphere is quiet and meditative. It was a joy to slowly walk through with only a few other people in the church.
Written 6 March 2020
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Lance H
Boerne, TX1,277 contributions
Don't bother
Dec 2019
It's not worth it. Just a church and it is really plain and dirty outside. The inside is nice, but nothing special. Nice art, a cross you can pay to see that may have been by Michelangelo.
Written 22 February 2020
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Jason W
Wells, ME131 contributions
Sorry...but we'll take your money.
Feb 2020
I love visiting churches and cathedrals for their beautiful architecture. Here we were not allowed to take photos to share with others, but they did allow us to buy a candle to burn and leave there. They also allowed us to see a cross that was carved by Michaelangelo. For 2 euro. I don't mind contributing to the things I enjoy, but I want to be able to take photos to take back with me and share. Word of mouth only goes so far.
Written 9 February 2020
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Phillips3675
Brooklyn, NY155 contributions
Absolutely wonderful
Jan 2020 • Couples
May not be the first place you think of but it’s truly a glorious place. The art and architecture are great even by Florentine standards, ENJOY
Written 6 January 2020
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,285 contributions
Michelangelo's cross in a wonderful Renaissance church
Nov 2019
Santo Spirito has a history long before the Renaissance but the existing structure, especially the interior, is a masterwork of Renaissance architecture. In the cloisters, you will find one of Michelangelo's first works, a wooden crucifix completed when he was 17 years old. The 38 side chapels in the church, over 300 feet in length, offer many works by masters. When you add Santo Spirito to your itinerary, you'll find a real church -- a sense of the sacred. Make sure you take a stroll through the Oltrarno little lanes... a different and fascinating part of Florence.
Written 12 December 2019
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