Friday, May 9, 2014

Your venue in Florence on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

The SBCC Choir is going to perform at Santa Maria Maggiore in Florence, Italy on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

The ancient church which has existed since at least the 8th century, was first documented in 931 (or 1021) and underwent extensive renovations to the facade and sides in the 13th century.

The rough stone exterior had a marble fa├žade designed for it by Alfonso Parigi which was never built. It was plastered over until a restoration in 1912-13, at which time some of the baroque features were also removed. The romanesque campanile remains with a half-bust of a woman, known as Berta and almost certainly ancient roman. Legend has it that she was a woman who made fun of a passing condemned prisoner who cursed her and she turned to stone.

The interior is simple with a nave and two aisles, ogival arches and groin vaults. Artworks include frescoes by Bernardino Poccetti and a nativity by Matteo Rosselli. Other artworks once housed in the church include the Carnesecchi Triptych, by Masolino da Panicale and Masaccio, as well as the Martyrdom of St. Sebastian and the Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Saints by Botticelli

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