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The Church of Santa Maria Novella: photos, description (Santa Maria Novella)

The Church of Santa Maria Novella was designed and built by Dominican monks Sisto da Firenze and Ristoro da Campi. Construction began in 1246 on the site of the Dominican chapel of the tenth century Santa Maria delle Fault. In 1279, it was completed the nave, and in the second half of the XIV century by Jacopo Talenti completed the construction of the Bell tower and Sacristy. The beautiful facade of the Church is the result of alterations undertaken by Leon Battista Alberti in 1456-1470. The architect has created a magnificent portal and the entire upper part of the Church with its clear rhythm of squares, inlaid with marble.

The interior of the Church divided into three naves by pillars in the form of bundles of columns, which support the great arch with Lancet arches. The interior has been updated in the sixteenth century. This Church houses many works of art of the XIV-XVI centuries, masters such as Vasari, Ghirlandaio, Brunelleschi, Giuliano da Sangallo, Rossellino, Ghiberti and many others.

Through the lattice gate can be passed in the Monastery courtyard of the Romanesque style (1350) and later in a Large monastery, surrounded by arched walls, which are painted by Florentine artists of the XV and XVI centuries. Green courtyard got its name thanks to the green background of the frescoes Uccelo, which suffered heavily during the flood of 1966.

The Chapter hall of the Monastery (Spanish a Capella) - the genius of Jacopo Talenti (1359). This chapel was intended for Church services, which were attended by Eleanor of Toledo, wife of Cosimo I, and his entourage. Chapel decorated with frescoes by Andrea di Buonaiuto (mid XIV century).