Santa Maria del Carmine is a large church which stands in the Piazza of the same name. As part of the Carmelite convent, which is still existing today, the building of the church was begun in 1268 but was not completed until 1476. So this can be seen in the fact that there are both Romanesque and Gothic elements throughout the building. The Santa Maria del Carmine church received some remodeling in both the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of it had to be rebuilt, as it was badly damaged by a fire in 1771. The Latin cross with a single nave flanked by various chapels was the floor plan used.
Many cheap hotels near to Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence are well-hidden, as is the church itself, in the small piazza at Vicolo del Carmine. High buildings and palaces overlook the façade of the church. Anyone wishing to view the fantastic art works of the chapel must make reservations, however they can be booked on the same day. There is a time limit of 15 minutes inside the chapel, to ensure a chance of viewing the frescos without being trampled by a crowd. There is also a 40-minute DVD about the history of the chapel which can be watched before or after the visit.
Address: Piazza del Carmine, 50124 Firenze, Italy
Open hours: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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