Basilica Di San Miniato Al Monte, Florence

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Basilica Di San Miniato Al Monte, Florence - Address, Phone Number

Address: Via delle Porte Sante, 34, 50125 Florence, Italy

Phone: +39-552342731

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 07:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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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.

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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
  • EnotecaPinchiorri

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  • A quick jaunt from Piazzale Michelangelo; the Abbazia is very gorgeous in the light of the sunset. I was able to make it in time for the 1730 service as I have never witnessed one before. It was very tranquil to watch. I do recommend you dress accordingly and do not leave the crypt once the service has started. If you do not have the time, then just stay in the basilica, you will be able to hear it there. The little shop right outside the doors is filled with all of the products the monks have made. The monks make famous liqueurs, honey, candles, and herbal teas - and I think I've bought at least one of each. They accept credit cards.

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  • If you want a beautiful view over Firenze, this is the place to be. You can walk up to this little church from the city centre or take a bus and walk only the last few meters. The view is absolutely stunning and the church is small but lovely. You definitely want to go here during your stay in Firenze!

  • Excellent basilica where you are going to find the Justo di Menabuoi frescoes dedicated to Saint Benedict painted in XIV century. Admission is free but any donation is welcomed and highly appreciated. Visitors are allowed to take non commercial photo without flash light.

  • Got engaged there tonight. Very intimate, beautiful surroundings. Incredible views, sunset and storms. Didn't even stop at Piazzale di Michelangelo just went straight here ring in pocket and wasn't disappointed and I'm picky as fook

  • Come here to watch a breathtaking sunset over Florence. It is less crowded than the Piazzale and offers a more spectacular view.

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