|Church of Sant'Ambrogio
(Chiesa di Sant'Ambrogio)
The façade of Sant'Ambrogio
Allegedly built where Saint Ambrose would have stayed when in Florence in 393, the church is first recorded in 998, but is probably older. The church was rebuilt by Giovanni Battista Foggini in the 17th century.
A legend says that on 30th December 1230 a chalice which had not been cleaned was the next day found to contain blood rather than wine by Uguccione, the parish priest. This Eucharistic miracle made the church a place of pilgrimage.
The church contains numerous frescos, altarpieces, and other artwork attributed to Andrea Orcagna, Agnolo Gaddi, Niccolò Gerini, Lorenzo di Bicci, Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Sandro Botticelli, Alesso Baldovinetti, Fra Bartolomeo, and Leonardo Tassini.
- Cesati, Franco (2002). Le chiese di Firenze. Rome: Newton Compton.
- Walks in Florence: Churches, Streets, and Palaces, by Joanna Horner. Page 407.
- JB Horner, page 408-409.
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