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The Basilica of Santa Croce is a minor basilica in Florence. Construction of the current building began in 1294 and was consecrated in 1442. It’s a Franciscan church with an austere interior and contains the burial places and monuments to many famous Florentines. The cloister of the basilica contains a chapter house, the Capella die Pazzi, designed by Brunelleschi, designer of the Florence Duomo’s dome. The facade was added later, as with many Florentine churches, in the 19th century. In the 1966 flood the basilica suffered major damage as it lies low and near the river in former marshlands.

Some of the artists who worked on projects within the church include, Canova, Cimabue, Donatello and Vasari, among many others.

Some of the funerary monuments inside are for Leon Battista Alberti, Dante (although he is buried in Ravenna), Galileo, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Rossini, Guglielmo Marconi (buried near Bologna) and Enrico Fermi (buried in Chicago) along with several others.

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