Church of Saint Apostoli, Florence, Italy

Church of Saint Apostoli, Florence, Italy. Built in the 11th century, it continues to have its High Middle Ages features. It faces the Piazza del Limbo ("Limbo Square), so-called for it anciently housed a cemetery for children who died before having been baptized.

Church of Saint Apostoli, Florence, Italy. Built in the 11th century, it continues to have its High Middle Ages features. It faces the Piazza del Limbo (“Limbo Square), so-called for it anciently housed a cemetery for children who died before having been baptized.

We were in Florence this past summer. We visited this church on a walking tour and then returned for Sunday Mass. It was pretty amazing to attend Mass in a church built during a time that predated any European knowledge about our part of the world.

Santi Apostoli tabernacle by Giovanni della Robbia.  On the left is the tomb of Oddo Altoviti. He was a wealthy patron of this church.  His contributions earned him the right of burial within it's walls.

Santi Apostoli tabernacle by Giovanni della Robbia. On the left is the tomb of Oddo Altoviti. He was a wealthy patron of this church. His contributions earned him the right of burial within it’s walls.

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