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Santa Croce is one of the oldest Franciscan basilicas.
Built in 1294, to a design by the great architect Arnolfo di Cambio, the Basilica has lived through seven centuries of history.

Everything in the church is of high quality: the frescoes executed through the contributions of for ecample Giotto and Maso di Banco; the monumental crosses, the splendid fourteenth-century windows; the Renaissance architecture created by Michelozzo and Brunelleschi; the fifteenth-century sculptural works – tombs and altars – by the greatest Florentine masters, including Donatello and Antonio and Bernardo Rossellino.
However, it was with the construction of the tomb of Michelangelo that the Basilica confirmed its vocation to house “the urns of the great” and to become the Pantheon of Italian glories such as Dante, Machiavelli, Galilei and Rossini

In the nineteenth century the facade and the campanile were built, and the monument to Dante Alighieri was set up in the square.

In 1966, the Arno river flooded much of Florence, including Santa Croce. The water entered the church bringing mud, pollution and heating oil. The damage to buildings and art treasures was severe, taking several decades to repair.

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