Basilica Di San Miniato Al MonteCurrently Closed
- Address: Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence, Italy, 50125
- Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-552342731
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites
Basilica Di San Miniato Al Monte - Review
One of Tuscany’s greatest examples of Romansque architecture soars above the city from atop one of its highest hills. According to legend, Minas, the Armenian prince after whom the church is named was sentenced to be eaten by a panther by Roman Emperor Decius. When the panther refused to eat him, Minas was beheaded instead. Not letting that deter him, Minas picked up his head and walked up to this hill to his hermitage. In the 8th century, a chapel was built here, but the building you see today was begun in 1013.
Highlights of the church are:
- A choir raised above the crypt.
- The 15th century Chapel of the Crucifix by Michelozzo.
- The 13th century mosaic of Christ between the Virgin and St Minias.
- Frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi in the vault.
- The crypt, which is thought to contain the bones of Minas himself.
- The 13th century mosaics on the apse.
- The magnificent fresco cycle on St Benedict’s life on the sacristy.
- Memorial to Cardinal James of Lusitania, who was a Portuguese ambassador to Florence.
There’s a monastery next to the church, run by the Olivetan monks, though it used to be Benedictine. Today, the monks are famous for the liqueurs, honey and herbal teas they produce to sell at their on-site shop. Around the complex, you’ll see the wall Michelangelo built during the siege of Florence. There’s a cemetery full important dignitaries there.
How To reach Basilica Di San Miniato Al Monte by Public Transport
- Bus 12 and 13 stop S.Miniato Al M. 01
Restaurants Near Basilica Di San Miniato Al Monte
- La Breppa
- Osteria San Niccolo
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Basilica Di San Miniato Al Monte, Florence Reviews
Not just a great view of Florence but also a stunning little 11th century church. That facade is really stunning and quintessentially Florence.
Such an amazing spot. Less crowded than Piazzale Michelangelo and with an equal if not better view of the city.
I liked the place but what get me really mad were the two guys in the entrance NOT allowing to you to enter , unless you sign and give a DONATION. The DONATION was OBLIGATORY. I hated this.
This church is very special: Good for sunset Good for pictures Less visited and in a higher position than Piazzale Michelangelo You can access inside for free. Bus number 12 brings you in front of the last two pieces of stairs to reach the church. Very easy walk. Tip: there is a paid bathroom (0,50€) outside on the left side.
Stunning church with unbelievable views over the city. Lots of stairs but worth it