Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence

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Santa Maria del Carmine is a church of the Carmelite Order, in the Oltrarno district of Florence, in Tuscany, Italy. It is famous as the location of the Brancacci Chapel housing outstanding Renaissance frescoes by Masaccio and Masolino da Panicale, later finished by Filippino Lippi.HistoryThe church, dedicated to the Beatæ Virginis Mariæ de monte Carmelo, was built from 1268 as part of Carmelite convent, which is still existing today. Of the original edifice only some Romanesque-Gothic remains can be seen on the sides. The complex was enlarged a first time in 1328 and again in 1464, when the capitular hall and the refectory added, though the church maintained the Latin Cross, one nave plan.Renovated in the Baroque style in the 16th–17th centuries, it was damaged by a fire in 1771 and rebuilt internally in the Rococo style in 1782. The façade, like in many Florentine churches, remained unfinished. The fire did not touch the sacristy: therefore have survived the Stories of St. Cecilia attributed to Lippo d'Andrea (c. 1400) and the marble monument of Pier Soderini by Benedetto da Rovezzano (1511–1513). The vault of the nave has a trompe-l'oeil, quadratura fresco by Domenico Stagi.
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  • It cost us 6 euro per person to enter the Santa Maria del Carmine. We thought we would have access to the entire complex but all we were allowed into was the Cappella Brancacci, and the Cenacolo. The ...  more »
  • If you like the most sublime religious art here you have to stop! It's splendid and beautiful
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  • Inside the church there is a Brancacci chapel which is a real cosmos of its own and represents renaissance attempts to law and order in this universe. Adam and Eve did not obey this divine law and order and they had to go out of the paradise. Some of the most important episodes of divine plan to save human race are represented on the frescos of this chapel including those painted by Masaccio.
  • Only worth visiting for the chapel with Mazacci and Mazolino fresqoes
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