Via Dante Alighieri, 12, Florence, Italy
The Badia Fiorentina is an Benedictine abbey and church home to the Fraternity of Jerusalem.
Located in Via del Proconsolo, Dante was said to have grown up across the street in "Casa di Dante' rebuilt in 1910 as a museum to Dante(it wasn't where he really lived). The Abbey was founded in 978 as a Benedictine institution by Willa, Countess of Tuscany, in rememberence of her late husband Hubert and was one of the chief buildings of medieval Florence. The church's most amazing view is of Filippino Lippi's Madonna Appearing to St. Bernard completed in 1485. Between 1284 and 1310 the church was rebuilt into Gothic style, but in 1307 part of the church was demolished to punish the monks for non-payment of taxes. The church was renovated in a Baroque style between 1627 and 1631. The prominent campanile was completed between 1310 and 1330, is Romanesque at its base and Gothic in its upper stages.