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  • Day16

    Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence

    December 7, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    As Brad and I headed out for our morning coffee we came across Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore, the oldest church in Florence. The original church existed as early as the 8th century and is first documented in 931 AD with the current building constructed in the 11th century and undergoing extensive renovations to the façade in the 13th century. The exterior is quite plain and simple so the inside was a bit surprising with some very interesting decorations, and the tombs of several prominent historical people.

    The artworks include frescoes on the ceilings and pillars, which are always the first things to catch my eye, a Nativity by Matteo Rosselli and a vivid polychromed stucco relief panel, the Madonna del Carmelo. The artwork in this church was unusual with a mixture of wooden and metal sculpture protruding from the pillars to realistic statues of Jesus after his crucifixion. While not one of the most impressive churches we have seen, it was a little gem hidden in plain sight in a big city.
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