Santa Maria Novella and Santo Spirito

Basillica of Santa Maria Novella

Architecturally, it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany. The exterior is the work of Fra Jacopo Talenti and Leon Battista Alberti. The interior holds extraordinary works of art including Masaccio's Trinità, Ghirlandaio's fresco cycle in the Tornabuoni Chapel and Giotto's Crucifix, among others.

The cloister is known as the Cloister of the Dead because for many centuries it was used as a cemetery. The sources also refer to it as the Lower Cemetery or Underground Cemetery because it is below the level of the church transept. It is one of the oldest parts of the complex; indeed, it is traditionally held to have formed the original heart of the Dominican convent.

The Basilica di Santo Spirito is a church in Florence, Italy. Usually referred to simply as Santo Spirito, it is located in the Oltrarno quarter, facing the square with the same name. The interior of the building – internal length 97 meters – is one of the preeminent examples of Renaissance architecture.