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Church of Santo Spirito

Piazza Santo Spirito, Florence, 50125, Italy
Church of Santo Spirito in Florence
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Great value, Free, Popular with locals, Off the beaten path

The parish church of Santo Spirito sports a blank, instantly recognizable facade that has become something of an icon for the area of Florence known as the Oltrarno. In spite of its vast size, this is still very much a neighborhood church, where regular christenings, weddings, and funerals are held, not to mention daily mass attended by the locals. It was designed in 1444 by the great Filippo Brunelleschi (he of the famous Cupola), but he died before the church was completed, which explains the cream facade that was added in the 18th century. Inside, it is a serene, light space filled with dove-gray "pietra serena" stone and marble. The sacristy houses a famous early crucifix by Michelangelo and in the adjacent cenacolo, you can see Andrew Orcagna's 14th-centuiry Last Supper fresco.

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