Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Orsanmichele and San Miniato

There’s also Orsanmichele church, which started life as a grain market and was eventually converted into a church serving the craft and trade guilds. The statues the guilds commissioned of their patron saints (or, at least, copies of them) festoon the facade.

But I think the prettiest of Florence's churches is San Miniato, which not only has the most exquisite patterned marble floors, but a stunning view over Florence. Started in 1013, it’s supported now by Olivetan monks who make liqueurs, honey and tisanes.

 It has a pretty smashing view of Florence, too:

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