Dr. Becucci started this program with a helpful review of the history of this basilica (how it is located where it is, architecture of the structure) and then started a look inside for its treasures: transept chapels, the sacristy, the ground and wall burials. It was informative to hear more about the lives of the key individuals (politicians and artists) buried there -- e.g., Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Ghilberti). Enjoyed this the most as I have visited this basilica a few times and one can feel humbled to have these great individuals' graves all in such a beautiful church..Slides and discussion about the awful 1966 Arno River flood and the hard work of the 'mud angels' who helped rescue such precious art. Information about the piazza in front of the basilica was a plus -- especially regarding the annual (somewhat brutal) 'historical soccer" games held in the summer -- why they started and how they are still held). The stands were all ready for this during one visit I had. The speaker also related helpful tourist tips to consider if/when we can visit the city again. Diagrams, old sketches, current and archival photos included were wonderful. Unfortunately, couldn't see the speaker's face during much of the presentation which was a distraction. (The camera seemed to focus a lot on her eyes and forehead periodically and not her entire face -- to help the listener be more engaged during the talk..)
We have visited Santa Croce many times. Dr. Becucci added a new dimension to my understanding of this church and its history....
Dr. Becucci's talk on Santa Croce was so informative and interesting. I loved hearing about the famous people who are buried there.
A great refresher on some of the features of this fabulous church in Florence.
Dr Becucci was a fantastic speaker about this magnificent church. She was engaging with her knowledge and thorough in her approach. I learned so much. I especially appreciated the information about how the floods in 1966 and the restoration are a vital part of the story. Very grateful!