Santa Reparata Church and the mosaic carpet

Santa Reparata Church in Florence

mosaic carpet


In 1974, the public gained access to an archaeological area beneath the current cathedral of Florence after nearly a decade of excavation. The findings offer a unique view into the city's urban development between the 1st and 14th centuries AD. The early Christian cathedral was constructed in the first few decades of the 5th century AD within the walls of ancient Rome that had been urbanized since the end of the 1st century BC. According to medieval traditions, the church was built to commemorate the defeat of Radagaisus's barbarian armies in 405 AD, which took place near Florence on the day dedicated to Saint Reparata. The cathedral was one of the largest and most magnificent church buildings in the Tuscia region, although its original dedication is unknown. The beautiful mosaic carpet, created by North African craftsmen and funded by Florence's ecclesiastical and aristocratic elites, is evidence of the city's vitality in the 5th century AD. The early Christian structure was renovated and expanded during the High Medieval and Romanesque periods and served as Florence's cathedral until it was demolished in the late 14th century. By that time, construction on the current Cathedral (i.e. the Duomo) was already well underway.
 

Archaeological area under the Florence cathedral

Archaeological area under the Florence cathedral

Archaeological area under the Florence cathedral

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The Chapel of Mary Magdalene
The Chapel of Mary Magdalene

In the same period Seymour Kirkup, the historian who financed works in the chapel of Mary Magdalene, was the owner of Dante's mask now preserved inside Palazzo Vecchio.

Florence and Dante's Residence
Florence and Dante's Residence

Historical Testimonies on Dante's Residence in Florence.

Anna Maria Luisa and the Family Pact
Anna Maria Luisa and the Family Pact

Thanks to this astute decision, Florence has preserved much of its extraordinary artistic, historical, and cultural heritage virtually intact.

Unusual statues decorate Boboli Garden
Unusual statues decorate Boboli Garden

Statues with the symbols of the Medici are everywhere