The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella

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Yesterday we went to the Bascilica of Santa Maria Novella.  It is a Dominican Order church and dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries.  All the leading families of Firenze contributed to the building and art works as a form of receiving indulgences.  I will let the photos tell you more about this beautiful and holy place.

In front of the great Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Firenze.  Wow!  What a church.

In front of the great Dominican basilica of Santa Maria Novella in Firenze. Wow! What a church.

Inside Santa Maria Novella.

Inside Santa Maria Novella.

The Main Altar of the Bascilica.

The Main Altar of the Bascilica.

A fresco on the side wall behind the Altar.

A fresco on the side wall behind the Altar.

The altar of Santa Maria Novalla

The altar of Santa Maria Novalla

A stained glass window to St. Thomas Aquinas behind the altar at Santa Maria Novella

A stained glass window to St. Thomas Aquinas behind the altar at Santa Maria Novella

The Sacristy of Santa Maria Novella

The Sacristy of Santa Maria Novella

The passage to the Cloister of the Dead.

The passage to the Cloister of the Dead.

A fresco on the walls of a small chapel in the Cloister of the Dead.

A fresco on the walls of a small chapel in the Cloister of the Dead.

The marble floor and funeary of the Spanish Chapel.

The marble floor and funeary of the Spanish Chapel.

A beautiful fresco of the crucifiction of Jesus.

A beautiful fresco of the crucifiction of Jesus.

On the facing wall to the entrance of the Spanish Chapel is another of the Bonaiuto Fresco's completing the trilogy.

On the facing wall to the entrance of the Spanish Chapel is another of the Bonaiuto Fresco’s completing the trilogy.

On the facing wall to the entrance of the Spanish Chapel is another of the Bonaiuto Fresco's completing the trilogy.

On the facing wall to the entrance of the Spanish Chapel is another of the Bonaiuto Fresco’s completing the trilogy.

On the other wall of the Spanish Chapel is Bonaiuto's companion fresco, "The Triumph of the Christian Doctrine".

On the other wall of the Spanish Chapel is Bonaiuto’s companion fresco, “The Triumph of the Christian Doctrine”.

The Green Cloister east wall.

The Green Cloister east wall.

In the Refectory, off of the Ubriachi Chapel we found this restorer working on an Altar piece by Bernardo Daddi who was famous for these pieces of religious art.

In the Refectory, off of the Ubriachi Chapel we found this restorer working on an Altar piece by Bernardo Daddi who was famous for these pieces of religious art.

Inside the Refectory off of the Ubriachi Chapel where the restorer is working on the Bernado Daddi altar piece.

Inside the Refectory off of the Ubriachi Chapel where the restorer is working on the Bernado Daddi altar piece.

These are frescos that they cut down from the walls of the "Green Cloister" that they will now restore.

These are frescos that they cut down from the walls of the “Green Cloister” that they will now restore.

This is Frederick and we are in Montecantini Terme, just back from a quick drive and walk around Montecantini Alto.  Now it is off to dinner at my Mom’s friend’s house.  We are having Octopus.  Yuk!

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