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Experiencing Florence first hand was akin to a child’s excitement in a sweet shop. Around every corner there was a wonder to marvel at, be it architecture and art or the smells and sounds of a busy city, the crowds, poor weather and endless walking were worth it!

Santa Croce was possibly my favourite church, smaller that the Duomo and with far fewer visitors it was set in a large piazza where we could sit and watch the passers-by.

This shot was taken in the late afternoon when, after a grey day the sun made a fleeting appearance casting its light on the church’s pretty façade.

The façade of Santa Croce was added to the incomplete building 300 years after its initial construction. Until 1865 the front of the structure was a simple Florentine limestone.

The Neo-Gothic style façade with three cusps and covered with bichrome marbles followed Florentine architectural models.

The beautifully figured marbles used were of different types: the white marble was quarried in Seravezza, two kinds of red marble were taken in Cintoia and in Bolgheri, the light green was brought from Prato and the dark “serpentine” from Pisa, the black marble arrived from Asciano, yellow marble from Siena while and another red marble was imported from Egypt.

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