Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

I have what feels like a million photos of Santa Maria Novella and don’t know what to do with them all. We easily spent at least two hours wandering around inside and out while we were in Florence the other week. There are some photos that deserve their own post, others could be grouped, but I don’t want to overwhelm with too many pictures at once.

Fortunately, I thought this little grouping of photos of part of the Great Cloister was perfect for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Lines. You’ve got straight lines with the trees, columns and supports, curved lines from all of the beautiful arches, painted decorative lines, plus the lines that make up some of the frescoes that line the walls.

Cloisters like this are some of my favorite places in the world. There’s something serene about the symmetry and the inherent peacefulness of the setting. I loved the cloister garden next to the cathedral in Utrecht and I really loved wandering around this one and taking in the natural beauty and the architectural beauty.

Santa Maria Novella Cloister

Santa Maria Novella Cloister

Santa Maria Novella Cloister

6 thoughts on “Cloister Details of Santa Maria Novella

    1. I was first in Florence in the late ’90s, but somehow we didn’t make it to Santa Maria Novella, though it was on my very long list of things to see. Still, I’m glad I got to see it this time. It’s worth a visit for anyone!

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  1. I love cloisters ❤😍 I hope you had the opportunity to visit San Miniato Abbey, as well. If not, save it for the next time 💕

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    1. Sadly, when my friend and I went to that side of the river (many years ago) to see some of the Masaccio frescoes, we ended up getting horribly lost afterward. We didn’t see anything else we wanted to see and began the joke that there are dragons on that side of the river. I’ll have to brave the dragons (and have a map with me) the next time I go, as there’s a lot on that side I’d love to see, including San Miniato Abbey.

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      1. Now that you mention it, I remember you told me about the dragons 😂😂 Oltrarno is actually my favourite area of Florence, I hope you’ll have the opportunity to visit it!

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