After our visit of the magnificent Basilica di Santa Croce, we walked outside into the first cloister and found the beautiful Cappella dei Pazzi. The Pazzi Chapel was built between 1441 and 1478 and is considered an early Renaissance masterpiece. The wealthy Pazzi family commissioned Brunelleschi, one of the best architects of that time, to built the Chapel. Brunelleschi designed the Chapel as a perfect space with harmonious proportions. Brunelleschi died a few years after his design. The Chapel was finished by artist like Maiano and Robbia.
If you walk in, it is like a mysterious open space, and if you look up, you see the magnificent dome. In the back is another chapel with an altar. The central dome is decorated with beautiful round sculptures and two paired dolphins, the coat of arms of Pazzi Family. In total there are twelve blue glazed terracotta medallions of the Apostels, made by Robbia. The four coloured glazed medallions of the Evangelists are made by Brunelleschi himself.
We sat on the stone benches at the side of the Chapel for a while, to admire this beautiful Chapel from all sides.
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