Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Italy Blog #33- Florence: Basilica of Santa Croche

Basilica of Santa Croche
In this blog we'll take you around and into the Basilica of Santa Croche in Florence.  There are a LOT of famous people that are buried in this church and we'll show you their sculptured tombs in the NEXT blog!

The Basilica di Santa Croce is the principal Franciscan church in Florence, Italy, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated on the Piazza di Santa Croce, about 800 meters south-east of the Duomo

WHEN WAS IT BUILT? The present basilica, traditionally attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio, was built from 1295, on the site where, around 1210, the first Franciscan friars arrived in Florence.
Death of St. Francis by  Giotto
The nave
The Basilica was filled with many sculpted tombs of famous people (whom you'll meet in the next blog) and frescos. One of them in the Bardi Chapel of the Basilica was "the Death of St. Francis" by Giotti.

WHO IS GIOTTI? Giotto di Bondone (1266/7 – January 8, 1337), known as just Giotto , was an Italian painter and architect from Florence in the late Middle Ages. He is generally considered the first in a line of great artists who contributed to the Renaissance.
    The Bardi family chapel is located to the right of the choir, which means that it is the first chapel of the southern transept, and dedicated to St Francis. (If you know the set up of a church- which TOM does because he's an architect, you can follow that. As for me, Rob, I have no idea what those things are! :) )

The Brunelleschi Cloister

THREE CLOISTERS OF SANTA CROCHE - One of the 3 cloisters we saw was
The nave
the second cloister which takes the name from Filippo Brunelleschi although the artist had died before it was finished in 1453. It was likely completed by Bernardo Rossellino.
in 2001 Ridley Scott filmed in this same cloister some of the scenes of the movie Hannibal.

1) Donatello's  Annunciation Cavalcanti
Sculpture in Pietra Serena stone (see photo)
2) Pulpit carved by Benedetto da Maiano
Annunciation Cavalcanti
Sculpture in Pietra Serena stone - c. 1435
with scenes from the life of St. Francis
1472 - 1476

NEXT: Meet the Famous Dead in Santa Croche

Pulpit carved by Benedetto da Maiano
with scenes from the life of St. Francis
1472 - 1476

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next