Great Video Series – The Essential Guide to Italy: Lectures 17 & 18

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Saturday, Sep 3, 2016, 4:00 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Lecture 17 – From the Piazza del Duomo to San Marco

The Piazza del Duomo is a magical place, covering all of Florence’s history from the period of its foundation to the present day. The cathedral of the city has stood here from earliest times, with the original dedicated to Santa Reparata. Like so many cathedrals in Italian cities, it is known as the Duomo, a word that’s actually an Italian corruption of the Latin Domus Dei, or God’s House.” We will explore the cathedral and the baptistery in detail in this lecture, and we’ll tour the Palazzo Medici, designed for Cosimo de’ Medici, the founder of the political dynasty that controlled Florence after 1434.

Lecture 18 – Santa Croce and the Pazzi Chapel

In this lecture, we will visit Santa Croce, a magnificent preaching church where many famous Florentines and Italians are honored. From the moment we enter the church, we realize that it is not only a sacred place of the Roman confession but a monument to Florence and the collective pride of its citizens. It contains extremely important objects from the golden years of the Florentine Republic and tomb monuments to great Florentines throughout history. Before we make our way to Santa Croce, however, we will also visit the Accademia della Belle Arti to see Michelangelo’s David, and we’ll pass by a couple of museums and theaters worth visiting in Florence.