Santa Reparata Church and the mosaic carpet

Santa Reparata Church in Florence

mosaic carpet


In 1974, the public gained access to an archaeological area beneath the current cathedral of Florence after nearly a decade of excavation. The findings offer a unique view into the city's urban development between the 1st and 14th centuries AD. The early Christian cathedral was constructed in the first few decades of the 5th century AD within the walls of ancient Rome that had been urbanized since the end of the 1st century BC. According to medieval traditions, the church was built to commemorate the defeat of Radagaisus's barbarian armies in 405 AD, which took place near Florence on the day dedicated to Saint Reparata. The cathedral was one of the largest and most magnificent church buildings in the Tuscia region, although its original dedication is unknown. The beautiful mosaic carpet, created by North African craftsmen and funded by Florence's ecclesiastical and aristocratic elites, is evidence of the city's vitality in the 5th century AD. The early Christian structure was renovated and expanded during the High Medieval and Romanesque periods and served as Florence's cathedral until it was demolished in the late 14th century. By that time, construction on the current Cathedral (i.e. the Duomo) was already well underway.
 

Archaeological area under the Florence cathedral

Archaeological area under the Florence cathedral

Archaeological area under the Florence cathedral

Altri articoli
Santa Maria Nuova and its secret underground
Santa Maria Nuova and its secret underground

Even the great artist Leonardo da Vinci studied anatomy and dissected bodies in this long corridor!!

The terrestrial and celestial Gods
The terrestrial and celestial Gods

The wonderful decorations on the ceilings were commissioned by Cosimo I to Giorgio Vasari

A Mule is celebrated in the Palazzo Pitti
A Mule is celebrated in the Palazzo Pitti

The marble decoration is situated on the left part of the courtyard.

Florence Feasts S. John Baptist
Florence Feasts S. John Baptist

The last match of the traditional football game will be held In the afternoon at 5.00 p.m. in Piazza Santa Croce