Santa Maria Novella Tour
On October 9 the former police station will be open to the public. Over a century it has been an important part of the complex of Santa Maria Novella.
For a day anyone will be able to revisit places of great historical and artistic value such as the Great Cloister, the Chapel of Leo X or the Pope and the ancient convent dormitory, while waiting for the final rejoining of the current spaces.
The current museum is composed of the Basilica, the Cloister of the Dead, the Green Cloister, the Spanish Chapel, the Chapel of the Drunkards and the Refectory. Museum complex covers an area of almost 6000 meters and will become more than 10000 meters when joining all of the sites, which were occupied by the police station.
One of the places of historical and artistic interest will return to be part of the Museum of Santa Maria Novella. It is the fourteenth century Cloister Grande, named for the monumental environment that consists of 56 spans. The Great Cloister is home to an extraordinary frescoes of the sixteenth century paintings by important painters of the Florentine Academy.
Another scenic spot is the old dormitory. It was built in the fourteenth century and is characterized by its two sequences of large pillars that support cross vaults.
On his dorm walls there are still visible some parts of the original painted decorations that covered the all of the surface.
With the return to the original size of the museum complex, Santa Maria Novella will again become an important tourist attraction of Florence.
Santa Maria Novella is located near the central station and a few hundred meters from the monumental complex of the Cathedral.
Even the facade of Santa Maria Novella is a major work of great artistic value, the front of the Basilica is one of the most important works of Florentine Renaissance.
The first works of the façade of Santa Maria Novella date back to the mid-1300s when the bottom was decorated with white and green marble. There are six tombs, the two Gothic side doorways, besides marble ornamentation to boxes and blind rounded arches.
Work continued on the façade for long time and was finally entrusted to Leon Battista Alberti. Despite the ancient origin of this work the last action taken on the facade of Santa Maria Novella date back to the early decades of the twentieth century.