Chiesa dei Santi Simone e Giuda, Florence

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Santi Simone e Giuda is a church in Florence, situated on the Piazza San Simone in an area of narrow streets between the Piazza Santa Croce and the Piazza della Signoria. The present structure dates from 1243 but underwent a major renovation designed by Gherardo Silvani in 1630. Today it is affiliated with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
The church began its life in 1192 as a small oratory situated outside the city walls in vineyards owned by the monks of the Badia Fiorentina. It was enlarged in 1209 and then completely re-built in 1243. The new building was consecrated in 1247 by Bishop and was designated a parish church. It was badly damaged when the Arno flooded in 1527. Amongst the damage was the loss of the ciborium which had been made of wood and was completely washed away. Serious renovation of the church did not begin until the first quarter of the 17th century when the archbishop of Florence, Alessandro Marzi Medici, elevated its status to a priory and named Giovanni Niccolai as its first prior in 1608, a post he held until his death in 1642. Niccolai came from a wealthy and cultured Tuscan family and initiated the renovation of the church. By 1619 a new high altar made of Carrara marble was added and the choir stalls and presbytery were completely renovated under the patronage of Bartolomeo Galilei, a relative of Galileo. The next stage of the renovation began in 1630. It was designed by Gherardo Silvani and paid for by the nephew of Bartolomeo. Also called Bartoleomeo Galilei, he was a Knight of Malta and steward to Leopoldo de' Medici. The final stage of Silvani's renovation (a richly decorated ceiling) was completed in 1665. The church contains numerous emblems of both the Galilei family and the Knights of Malta.
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  • A church has been on this site since the latter part of the 12th century but what we see now is predominantly the result of renovations that were commenced in 1630 and continued with the construction....  more »
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  • Beautiful church home to the personal parish of the Ukrainian Community of Florence
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  • Documented in 1192 and enlarged in 1209, but whose present appearance, especially inside, is due to the Remaking of 1630, commissioned from Gherardo Silvani by Bartolomeo Galilei, Knight of Malta and Butler of doctors. The exterior, of great simplicity, was not involved in the work, with the exception of Windows. In 1527 he was buried in this church the painter Raffaellino del Garbo, a pupil of Filippo Lippi, who died in 1524. Where was the ancient wall side door, there is a Tabernacle robbiano glazed with a bust of the Virgin land of stone, commissioned by Geri Ragas in 1463. ......................................................... Documentada en el 1192 y ampliada en el aspecto 1209, on actual, sobretodo en la parte interna, se debe a las reformas de 1630, encomendadas to Gerardo Silvana by Bartolomeo Galilei, caballero de Malta y mayordomo de los Doctors. The outer part, de gran implicada, no fue Tan pasado en las obras, a excepción de las ventanas. En el 1527 en esta iglesia fue el pintor sepultado Raffaellino del Garbo, alumno de Filippo Lippi, muerto en el 1524. La pared en donde se encontraba la antigua puerta lateral, se encuentra a tabernáculo "robbiano" en tierra tiles with a bust de la Virgen en piedra, realizado por Geri Risaliti en el 1463.
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