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Santa Croce

This beautiful Gothic monument of Santa Croce is unique, not only for its style, but also for the famous works of art it contains and its historical importance. The Basilica, started in 1294, is attributed to the work of Arnolfo di Cambio. Work continued into the second half of the 14th century, but the church was not consecrated until 1443. The façade with three gables dates to the 19th century, a project by Niccolo Matas funded by an Enlish benefactor, Francis Sloane. The campanile also in Gothic style dates to the same period. Arches run along the left side and shelter the tomb of Francesco Pazzi. On the right are the cloisters with the Pazzi Chapel and in the background the Museo dell’Opera di Santa Croce. A monument to Florence Nightingale is inside. Florence is the city where she was born and after which she was named. Santa Croce contains the tombs of many famous Florentines including Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Niccolo Machiavelli and others.

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