This past weekend we explored the amazing Basilica di Santa Croce (Basilica of the Holy Cross), and yes I did wikipedia that to find the name's meaning. I can't be expected to remember everything... right?

Italian design has so much incredible detail. I am constantly amazing by the intricacy of everything in Florence. Many of the rooms contained wood panels with tiny individual pieces to make up grand designs. Even the ceiling beams are decorated. It amazes me how much time every design must have taken.

Santa Croce is home to the tombs of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo. From the outside Santa Croce doesn't look as large as it really is. The outside facade was added later and doesn't match the rest of the exterior architecture. There are many adjoining rooms and beautiful courtyards. Tombs line the floors and I was nervous to walk across them. There was so much to see. I wish I knew more of the history behind the amazing church. 
1/21/2010 12:58:21 pm

Wow the detail on the ceiling was amazing. Pretty neat.

1/22/2010 03:46:03 am

now u can understand why we live like we do 2 day...everything in the old country took time to make...but they had very little other distractions such as tv, radio, texting etc!!!!many of the old artists were paid by rabbits, goats etc as were many of the skilled trades and professional trades people...the world has changed and so have all of thye expectations...what u have observed in all of the art and architecture is all doo-able now, it's just not affordable !!!
Hope u can get over the language barrier ! the pic's really r awesome!

1/22/2010 09:19:12 am

You are doing a beautiful job. But how can you not when you have such fascinating things to talk about and to photograph.


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