Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi

Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi (35)

The Convent of Santa Maria Maddalena dei Pazzi was founded in 1257 by a group of penitents, until it passed into the hands of the Carmelites in 1628. It currently belongs to the Augustinian monks, who took over the convent in 1926.

The church is dedicated to a Florentine nun who was a descendant of those who conspired against the Medicis. The nun died in 1609 and was canonized almost 80 years later, at which time her name was given to the temple. 

It is believed that the original construction was carried out by Giuliano da Sangallo, though the building was completely remodelled by Pier Francesco Silvani in the 17th century.

One of the highlights of the convent is the cloister, which boasts square Tuscan columns and flat arches. Also worth a visit is the Chapter House, where you will find the fresco entitled "The Crucifixion", one of the masterpieces that the artist Pietro Perugino painted between 1493 and 1495. This is a work that summarizes all the characteristics of Perugino, in particular the expressionless characters and the landscape of meandering rivers, wooded hills and green and blue colours.

Don't forget to visit the Fleur-de-lis Chapel, decorated by Bernardino Poccetti with scenes from the lives of various saints. 

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