Basilica of Saint Maria Novella in Florence, Italy

The word “novella” means “new” but that’s a relative term because the Basilica of Saint Maria Novella is the oldest church in Florence. It was considered finished in 1360 but the Dominican friars continued enhancing it until 1470 … 250 years after construction started. An historic footnote is that the large square in front of the Roman Catholic church hosted an annual chariot race called Palio dei Cocchi from the mid-16th until the late 19th centuries.

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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

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