Santa Reparata is the former cathedral of Florence, Italy. Its name refers to Saint Reparata, an early virgin martyr who is the co-patron saint of Florence. Florence Cathedral was constructed over it.
Ever since the 3rd century there was an area in the north of Florence which was dedicated to Christianity and up to the Middle Ages represented the most important religious center of the city. From the 6th century onwards, a building complex called 'the sacred axis' was constructed in east–west direction (from the Piazza dell'Olio to the area of the apsis of the Duomo), which was traditionally considered the cult area in Late Antiquity, protected by existing Roman walls. The place included the Bishop's palace, the Baptistery of San Giovanni, a hospital, a parsonage, a graveyard, and three churches: Salvatore al Vescovo, San Michele Visdomini and Santa Reparata. The main point within the sacred axis was Santa Reparata, a sacral building of paleo-Christian origin which was probably the first construction of this building complex. The bones of Saint Zenobius (born about 328) were transferred to Santa Reparata at an unidentified time (according to most scientists it happened in the 9th century). At this time Santa Reparata became the new seat of the bishop, which had been in Basilica of San Lorenzo before that time.
Husain Alsada | Feb 8, 2018
What an amazing historical landmark. It’s admired that this place is preserved this well. The tour guides told the story and it was informative. The architectural aspects of this masterpiece is mesmerizing. I’m glad that I visited this place. You can’t visit Florence and not visit the collosseum. I had a great experience. Italy times were great. Unforgettable memories.
Senor Anonimo | Feb 11, 2018
Supreme, superb, astonishing, amazing, breath taking... what other adjective can be used to describe this magnificent work of art? You can simply sit down in front of it and stare at it for minutes and minutes contemplating the masterpiece it is. The symbol of the power Florence once had
Nidhi Shetty | Feb 17, 2018
Where do I begin... It the most beautiful place to be when you visit Florence. You have to go on the top of this place. It shows the whole of Florence in one view, although it's a climb a nasty one, it's worth the 500steps. Make sure to go and visit this beauty whenever in Florence
F. Asgari | Jan 17, 2018
I visited Florence in new year and although I had known that it should be too crowded, it was even worst. Entering Cathedral took 3 hours staying in line and what I'm going to say is that, if you planning for a holiday like Christmas, you can skip between churches and museum and enjoy street life. Or choose between them and forget about all. In case of Cathedral, although it was nice, I can honestly say that inside wasn't something incredible! Really empty and you cant even compare it with Cathedral of Milan at all, if you know it. Enjoy your trip :)
Sam Turnbaugh | Mar 1, 2018
An absolutely magnificient sight no question, however after marvelling at the exterior I couldn't help but feel somewhat underwhelmed upon stepping inside. By all means visit the Cathedral! But if the line for entrance is too long then don't feel bad if you choose to spend your time elsewhere.
David Hubbard | Mar 25, 2018
Just stunning. One of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. Very crowded of course but wander round and soak up this place. The views from the cupola on top of the dome are amazing too. It's a bit of a walk up there though, through quite tight stairways but well worth it if you can handle it. Everyone should see this gem at least once.
Sergio de Prado | Mar 30, 2018
Incredible building!! The surrounding ambience is vibrant. I didn't feel like getting to the top of the dome (500 steps approx.) but I really enjoyed its history. It's hard to believe that they let Brunelleschi try to build this crazy work without having worked as an architect before... Or that's what our guide told us haha
Roudy karam | Apr 1, 2018
This cathedral is really a masterpiece! This unique piece of art is a must see while in Florence to contemplate the Brunelleschi dome, one of the biggest domes in the world, and the facade that is really breathtaking. But be aware of the big crowds and long lines, so I suggest to buy the tickets online.
Dick Harris | Mar 5, 2018
An absolutely stunning cathedral, a wonderful dome, that because of the time of year, we could have gone up without queuing, but I couldn't. It was a terrifying, but magnetic prospect. The floors are amazing. The cannabis cantabile is amazing, the large baptism chapel next door is equally beautiful. What a wonderful, atmospheric place.
Jason P Cargill | May 1, 2018
I didn't know what to expect when we took the train from Rome to Florence to visit this church. My wife had been here 20 years ago, but this was all new to me. What a treat! This church is so beautiful! The amount of detail on the outside is amazing. We got to see the inside as well, but didn't get to go to the top to take in the city from above. The tickets were well sold out before we got there.
Michael Todd | Apr 11, 2018
One of the most beautiful sights in all of Italy and the world. If you are an Assassin's Creed fan, you will love it even more. Taking the time to take a tour of the entire Cathedral is an absolute must. If you have 24 hours in Firenze or 24 days, you can not say you visited the city and explored it without exploring this.
Christine Dyer | Apr 24, 2018
I was lucky enough to stay next to the Duomo on my trip and it is stunning! It’s also a great place to people watch. It does get very crowded so would recommend coming early morning or early evening to avoid the crowds and to get your photos.
Derek Mitchell | Jun 8, 2018
Only for the reasonably fit and not for those with vertigo or claustrophobia: pre-booking a timed climb to the top of the Dome is something that must be done. The view is spectacular and the experience exhilarating but on a hot day it is a sweaty affair. Recommend that you book the Dome climb for the morning as the queues to get into the Cathedral itself are longer then. We climbed the Dome at noon and only queued 20 minutes for the Cathedral at about 1.30pm. The Museum and Baptistery are also included in the combined ticket. The tour is a must of any visit to Florence.
Arthur Massei | May 27, 2018
Magnificent Structure pure Beauty! We just walked around outside taking in this magnificent structure. A tour guide approached us and tried to sell tickets to climb the stairs to the top to see the view. For me, I ain't paying money to climb stairs. So save your money and just take in this beauty at ground level.
Roman Pacak | Jun 4, 2018
The Cathedral is a must see when in Florence as well as to step the stairs all the way up onto the cupola with a magnificent view of whole city of Florence. On the way up one can see the inside of the cupola. The whole construction weights about 24000 tons. It consist of two. One is inside that contains paintings of the devil eating his meal and one outside to protect it. So looking from outside, the cupola we see is not the one that contains the paintings. There is another one inside it. Totally recommend.
MARIANA Rossi | May 31, 2018
The Cathedral is amazing and it is a must go in Florence. Few tips for tourists: make sure you check the dress code before you go (no shorts, tops, etc); it is not worth it to go inside if the line is too long. The outside is breathtaking and much more interesting that the inside.
Benoît Vandevoorde | Jun 21, 2018
A typical case of "have some people standing in a queue and soon others will queue along to see what the fuss is about." Well, I'll tell you: there's not much to fuss about. The interior of the cathedral is as large as it is disappointingly empty. Only a small part of the church is accessible, yet it is surprisingly deserted as people leave rather soon after having made their way inside. Very few works of art, just a vast empty space. The crypt is slightly more interesting, showing vestiges of the different buildings that occupied the space prior to the construction of the cathedral. I suggest you spend the time you would be queueing to stay outside, admiring in detail the truly mind-blowing exterior of the cathedral. Just don't bother to stand in line for the interior. It's not worth it.
Nadeem Rahman | Jul 8, 2018
A very lively place in Florence and an amazing Church built with White stone. It is situated at a square (Piazza) which is a very lively place where people like to spend time. A picturesque monument and important point of attraction in Florence. It has a lot of eating joints, ice cream parlours (gelateria) and souvenir shops around it. Must see place in Florence.
James Darwent | Jul 4, 2018
Breathtaking Cathedral - I'd actually put this up there as one of the man made wonders of the world. The detail is incredible and the engineering to construct the dome is something we still don't understand today. Do not miss this! The inside is fairly underwhelming so I would save yourself the money and appreciate the exterior!
Jennifer Thompson | Aug 2, 2018
Stunning architecture. Very busy and we queue an hour before we could enter but it's worth it. You must buy tickets before online though. The sheer scale is awesome, it is colossal. Beautiful painted inside the dome and underneath you can go down into the foundations and learn about how it has progressed.
Austin Knight | Aug 1, 2018
Spectacular cathedral. As others have mentioned, there is a strong contrast between the exterior and interior of the building. This is intentional, to display Florentine wealth and artisanry on the exterior, and to focus on humility and worship on the interior. The exterior was also completed many years after the interior. This particular cathedral is unique in that it has strong civic and secular influence, and the dome is the largest freestanding brick dome in the world. They're still not fully sure how it was constructed. Entrance to the cathedral is free, and free tours are offered inside. Highly recommended if you want to learn about the building and its history. Blair and Marina were great guides.
Jenna Buxton | Jul 15, 2018
With the full admission ticket, would suggest doing the climb up the dome (cupola) which results in breath taking views of the city, the bell tower climb, the museum, and the baptistery. We did not bother waiting in line to see the interior of the cathedral, and I'm glad we didn't waste our time. You get to see the interior when you climb the dome, and you'll see it's not worth standing in line for 1+ hours in the blazing heat. Do note that the climb to the dome and the bell tower are not for the unfit or those with mobility issues. Both are over 400 narrow and steep stairs.
Dániel Hadházi | Aug 12, 2018
Amazing building especially from the outside. Expect huge lines if you want to go inside. If you wanna go up to the tower, you need reservation. Helpful information guys/girls in white shirts walking outside if you need any info/direction.
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