Chiesa di San Felice in Piazza

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The façade of San Felice in Piazza

Age

1066-1460

Designer

Michelozzo di Bartolomeo

The Church of San Felice, located in Piazza San Felice, in the Oltrarno district, has been documented since 1066. It has a typically Gothic interior and a Renaissance façade. In 1153 it passed under the control of the Benedictine order who in the middle of the XIV century decided the enlargement of the church. After passing to the Camaldolese order (around 1413), the church underwent a new restoration that maintained substantially the structure of the fourteenth century. Very important were the fifteenth-century modifications, attributed to Michelozzo di Bartolomeo, with the remaking of the apse chapels, in particular the central one with the great triumphal arch inspired by the prototypes of Brunelleschi, and the façade built between 1457 and 1460. In 1557 the cloistered Dominican nuns from the monastery of Saint Peter Martyr of Via dei Serragli, which was demolished to strengthen the fortifications in that area, moved to San Felice. After a fire in 1926 the church was restored. During the Second World War and the German occupation, the Church of San Felice in Piazza became one of the most active centers of the resistance and the protection of persecuted Jews.

The façade is made of Pietraforte Sandstone, Pietra Serena Sandstone and Plaster. The external side wall is realized by Brick, Arenaria Pietraforte, Alberese Limestone and Plaster.

Detail of Pietraforte Sandstone façade
The portal of San Felice in Piazza
The side wall of San Felice in Piazza in Brick, Pietraforte and Pietra Serena Sandstone, Alberese Limestone and Plaster