The monumental complex is made up of the Basilica, the sacristy with the Medici chapel, the Pazzi chapel, the cloisters, the Opera Museum, the Crypt and the Memorial chapel. The Basilica in particular, the construction of which began in 1295, has continued to be redesigned over the centuries while other spaces, such as the Pazzi chapel, have not undergone significant transformations, thus maintaining their original function.
More than 4,000 works, created between the thirteenth and twentieth centuries are conserved within the monumental complex: Cimabue, Giotto, Taddeo and Agnolo Gaddi, Orcagna, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Della Robbia, Bronzino, Vasari and Canova are just some of the artists who have enriched Santa Croce with their masterpieces of inestimable value.
The Opera di Santa Croce proposes numerous initiatives to promote the knowledge of its extraordinary artistic heritage: professional guides and cultural mediators accompany visitors on the discovery of the masterpieces of Santa Croce and its lesser known corners; schools of all levels and kinds will find lots of ideas for educational trips, whilst the little ones will be able to try their hand at creating their own heraldic coat of arms.
A cycle of visits that over the coming months will lead us to the discovery of the many different aspects that characterise the extraordinary identity of Santa Croce.