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The Hospital of the Innocents was built in 1419 by Filippo Brunelleschi and eventually became Europe's first orphanage, a function is still carries out today. The name also comes from the well-known biblical story of King Herod, who ordered the murder of all the firstborn male infants in order to avoid the coming of the Messiah.
In addition, this Brunelleschi construction marked the beginning of a column-based architectural style that soon began to spread throughout Europe. Visitors will notice that the façade is decorated with a series of blue and white medallions depicting children wrapped in sheets. These medallions are the work of Andrea della Robbia.
The main entrance leads to a small but exquisite cloister, the highest rooms of which offer beautiful views of the garden.
On the left wall of the entrance you will see the revolving hatch, or door, where mothers anonymously deposited their new-born children to be cared for by the institution.
In addition, the small museum housed in the interior of the hospital, features a series of frescoes and sculptures, most of them depicting the Virgin and Child theme.
Cenacolo di Sant’Apollonia (25)
Palazzo Rucellai (40)
Piazza della Repubblica (44)
San Marco (32)
Santissima Annunziata (30)
Mercato Centrale (24)
Palazzo Strozzi (37)
Piazza della Signoria (5)
Santa Croce (8)
Via Tornabuoni (36)
Giardino dei Semplici (28)
Opificio dell Pietre Dure (31)
Palazzo Medici-Riccardi (27)
Santo Spirito (48)