Medieval Complex

The religious complex of San Pancrazio, constituted by the church and the adjacent monastery, was for centuries one of the primary landmarks of florentine life. In fact, one of the doors to the city opened right next to it, superimposed with that of the ancient Roman city. The sacred complex was an articulated body, developed considerably in the 14th Century by the tireless work of the monks, and due to the generous support of a few bourgeois families. The religious settlement likely dates back to the 9th Century; the current structure, impressive despite the alterations and ruin brought by time and history, dates back to the 13th Century. In the last decades of the Century, the fundamental works composing the “island” of San Pancrazio reemerged, the heart of a strongly characterized city district. It was then that the large hall was raised, covered with exposed trusses, ending with a choir and a transept with chapels; the perimeter formed by the shell of the current museum is still largely this late-medieval building, whose most prominent view is from the vantage of the ancient sacristy, at the end of the east wall, the only one that has retained the the cross ribbed vault.

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