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Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Florence, Italy.

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The Basilica of Santa Maria del Santo Spirito, more often called Santo Spirito looks very sparely designed and decorated while you're walking up to it, but once inside it's like being in the Renaissance! As well as the notable architecture this church also has 38 chapels, each decorated with notable works of art by a pallet of artists that includes Filippino Lippim, Andrea Sansovino, Cosimo Rosselli and Agnolo del Mazziere. But the real bargain here is the chance to see a crucifix thought to be by Michelangelo who was a guest of the convent when he was 17 years old and came here to make anatomical studies of the corpses.

As a side note Santo Spirito was never meant to be this sparse looking, they just never really go around to building the facade that was designed for it.

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It's a lovely, restful spiritual place, regardless of a person's religion or lack thereof.

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