Santissima Annunziata Church



The Basilica della Santissima Annunziata (Basilica of the Most Holy Annunciation) was founded in 1250 by members of the Servite order. The Basilica was built and finished in 1481 after Leon Battista Alberti's death who was commissioned to build it by the Gonzaga family. In the 17th century the interior of the Church was given a Baroque style, but the basic scheme is still visible. The facade was added in 1601 imitating the Brunelleschi's facade of Spedale degli Innnocenti on its left.

The Florentine brides traditionally visit the shrine to leave their bouquets.

The organ (1628) is the oldest in Florence and the second oldest in Italy.

In the Cappella of San Luca, belonging to the Academy of the Arts and Designs since 1565, are buried many artists: Benvenuto Cellini, Pontormo, Lorenzo Bartolini and others.

In the Chiostrino dei Voti, in the entrance hall can be found very important frescos: the 'Assumption' by Rosso Fiorentino, the 'Visitation' by Pontormo, 'The Marriage of the Virgin' by Franciabigio, the 'Birth of the Virgin' and the 'Voyage of the Magi' by Andrea del Sarto and other masterpieces.

Basilica Admittance time.

Weekdays: 7.30 am - 12.30 pm; 4 pm - 6.30 pm

Holidays: 7.30 am - 12.30 pm; 4 pm - 6.30 pm

Entrance: free


Piazza della SS Annunziata , Florence-Centre

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