Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi and Santa Croce

One of my most interesting classes: Renaissance Art

For this class we visit various museums and churches in Florence as we learn about them in class. Today we visited Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi and Santa Croce.

In Santa Maria Maddalena de’Pazzi, it is dedicated to Mary Magdalen and is where her body is buried since she died in 1604. The ionic columns and expansive atrium created a beautiful church that is the official church of the French colony in Florence today.

The Santa Croce is the largest Franciscan church in the world. It begun in 1294 by Arnolfo di Cambio and the facade was built in the mid 19th century by Niccolo Matas. Matas created a neo-gothic style and because he was a Jewish architect, he placed the star of David on the top center of the church.

Inside the Santa Croce, there is the body of Michelangelo and early renaissance work. Michelangelo died in Rome and wanted to be buried in Rome, however his Nephew took his body to Florence. His body is placed below an alter instead of under his Pieta Bandini built by Giulio Foggini.

Inside Santa Croce is also the real statue of liberty…the United State’s statue is just a replica.

The Pazzi Chapel is next to the Santa Croce and was built for the Pazzi family in 1443 because they were jealous of the Medicci family. The chapel gives the impression of being larger than it actually is when you look inside.

All of the places we visited were very beautiful, but very cold! Our tour guide was our professor’s husband, who is full Italian and very adorable, but at times hard to understand.



One thought on “Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi and Santa Croce

  1. lornene says:

    Hi Laura, I turn on my computer each day to follow your adventure. It sounds wonderful. LL

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