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Santa Croce Church In Florence
cwo3ward @ 06/ 19/ 2010

The Cathedral Santa Croce in Florence is the resting place of Michelangelo Buonorrati and Galileo Galilei. You can also find Machiavelli here. There are many famous people who have monuments here: FROM WIKIPEDIA: The Basilica became popular with Florentines as a place of worship and patronage and it became customary for greatly honoured Florentines to be buried or commemorated there. Some were in chapels "owned" by wealthy families such as the Bardi and Peruzzi. As time progressed, space was also granted to notable Italians from elsewhere. For 500 years monuments were erected in the church including those to:

 

* Leon Battista Alberti (15th century architect and artistic theorist)

* Vittorio Alfieri (18th century poet and dramatist)

* Eugenio Barsanti (co-inventor of the internal combustion engine)

* Lorenzo Bartolini (19th century sculptor)

* Julie Clary, wife of Joseph Bonaparte, and their daughter Charlotte Napoleon Bonaparte

* Leonardo Bruni (15th century chancellor of the Republic, scholar and historian)

* Dante (actually buried in Ravenna)

* Ugo Foscolo (19th century poet)

* Galileo Galilei

* Giovanni Gentile (20th century philosopher)

* Lorenzo Ghiberti

* Niccole Machiavelli by Innocenzo Spinazzi

* Carlo Marsuppini (15th century chancellor of the Republic)

* Michelangelo Buonarroti

* Raffaello Morghen (19th century engraver)

* Gioacchino Rossini

* Louise of Stolberg-Gedern (wife of Charles Edward Stuart)

* Guglielmo Marconi (actually buried in his birthplace at Sasso, near Bologna)

* Enrico Fermi (actually buried in Chicago, Illinois)

 

We wandered around the cathedral and ended up finding the resting places of Galileo and Michelangelo. Both of their monuments were quite impressive and I spent a lot of time photographing them. I was so glad to have learned that Santa Croce had so many famous and important people there. Many times we go to a church without knowing very much about it. The discovery occurs after we return home. And always, we are pleasantly surprised at what we find when we get there. I recommend a trip to Santa Croce. It is a beautiful church and now that you know who is buried there, it will make your visit all the more meaningful!

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
It was interesting to walk around the church and see all the altars and chapels. When we came across the final resting place of Michelangelo and Galileo, it was a bit strange, but also interesting to see the way their tombs were decorated. I took video of both. I can't wait to share it with you!
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