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These are the massive middle wooden entrance doors to the world’s largest Franciscan Church at Basilica Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. The superlatively ornate neo-Gothic facade in pink, white, and green marble flanks these principal doors along with two “smaller doors” one on either side. The building’s construction began in 1289 and was completed in 1385.
Trivia: Many of Florence Italy’s luminaries of arts and science are buried at Basilica Santa Croce: Michelangelo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and Galileo Galilei. Dante Alighieri’s full-length statue stands a short distance from the basilica’s facade. Dante’s monument, inside this basilica, was featured in the ’80’s movie, A Room With A View. This church is also known as “The Temple of Italian Glories.”
Close-up detail of the Basilica’s hand-carved front doors below:
Wider angle of Basilica Santa Croce, Florence’s facade below: