Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monday: Santa Croce

monument of liberty

Basilica of Santa Croce

Michelangelo's tomb

some of the artwork in Santa Croce

ceiling outside one of the cathedrals in Santa Croce

There are many churches and whatnot within Italy to see, but today I decided to go visit the Basilica of Santa Croce because it houses art and tombs as well as being a church. The building was beautiful. They were working on restoring some parts of it, so I didn't get the chance to see some stuff, but I still spent most of the afternoon there.

I had the chance to see both Michelangelo's and Galileo's tombs, which were in the wall, and the floor was lined with hundreds of graves as well. The church was huge--the ceiling was incredibly high, and intricately painted, and there were frescoes and statues and carvings in all of the walls. And this was just the cathedral section.

There were also two galleries dedicated to different examples of religious artwork. It was interesting to see how many different religious pieces of artwork there really are, and how intricate and large they sometimes are. People were passionate about the things they were painting, which is prominent in the work that was produced.

After Santa Croce, I spent some time going to a couple of different parks and chatting with people.

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