church of santa maria maddalena dei pazzi in florence italy

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  Church of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi  

Address: Borgo Pinti, 58
This church and the Benedectine monastery connected with it, were first built in the 13th century; the buildings were often remodeled, especially between 1480 and 1492 by Giuliano da Sangallo. Entrance to the church is through the Cappella del Giglio, a 16th-century structure frescoed by Poccetti with scenes from the Lives of SS. Nereo, Achilleo, Bernard and Filippo Neri, and the annexed courtyard, with an Ionic portico, by Sangallo.
The interior of the church has a single aisle and six arches on either side lead into the chapels which contain various distinguished works of the 16th and 17th centuries. The Cappella Maggiore has two canvases with Scenes from the Life of the Magdalen by Luca Giordano, set below the dome frescoed by Dandini.
The crypt at the back of the church leads to the Chapter Hall which contains Perugino's fresco with Christ on the Cross and the Magdalen, St. Bernard and St. Mary, John the Baptist and St. Benedict.


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