Basilica of Santa Croce

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The Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence and the largest Franciscan church in the world. Its most notable features are its sixteen chapels many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils, and its tombs and cenotaphs. It is the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei and Gioachino Rossini thus it is known also as the "Temple of the Italian Glories". In the Primo Chiostro, the main cloister, there is the Cappella dei Pazzi, completed in the 1470. Filippo Brunelleschi (who had designed and executed the dome of the Duomo) was involved in its design which has remained rigorously simple and unadorned. Artists whose work is present in the church include: Andrea and Luca Della Robbia, Cimabue, Giorgio Vasari

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