Notes on the Geography of Italy: Florence: Churches: Photo 5
This is Santa Croce, an immense Franciscan church, laid out like Maria Novella on a T-plan. It's a bit earlier, begun just before 1300, but the facade is extremely late: until the mid-19th century, in fact, the front was simply brick. To much controversy, an Englishman named Francis Sloane paid Nicolas Matas to design a 14th century facade, which was duly completed at Sloane's expense in 1863. Such was the British infatuation with Florence.
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