Santi Michele e Gaetano, Florence

Santi Michele e Gaetano, Florence

The Theatine order, formed as a result of Counterreformation, took over an eleventh century church dedicated to St. Michael in 1592. Financially supported by the eminent families of Florence, the Theatine order commenced the construction of the Church in 1604 with the design of Bernardo Buontalenti. The construction was completed in 1648, by which a number of architects were involved in the project, each making variations to the original design.

Built of the site of a Romanesque Church, the church was dedicated to San Gaetano (Saint Cajetan). Since, the previous church on the site was dedicated to St. Michael, the new building was named Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano. Matteo Nigheti and Gherardo Silvani share the credits for the way the church stands today. In a city dominated by Renaissance styled architecture, this Church on Piazza Antinori has a distinct Baroque style. The façade is decorated with sculptures, which one does not see in Renaissance style of architecture.

The Church houses Matteo Rosselli’s Chapel of the Nativity and Pietro da Cortona’s Martyrdom of San Lorenzo. The Medici family took personal interest in the work of the church. While, Grand Duke Ferdinando I financed the intial stages of work, his son and Cardinal, Carlo de Medici was concerned about the work. If you would like a break from the Renaissance style, you must visit this Church for its unique Baroque style.
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Sight Name: Santi Michele e Gaetano
Sight Location: Florence, Italy
Sight Type: Religious

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Medici Landmarks

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The Medici family helped to establish Florence as the single most important art capital of Renaissance Europe. In order to prove wealth and power, they built numerous palaces, libraries, churches, chapels and personal residences. The Medicis were big lovers of art and they acquired huge, expensive collections, as well as supporting many sculptors and painters of the time. This self-guided tour...  view more

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City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Florence Local Food Walk

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Travel Distance: 3.8 km
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Arno South Bank Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

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