Santa Elisabetta delle Convertite

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Santa Elisabetta delle Convertite
Sant'elisabetta delle convertite 02.JPG
Basic information
Location Florence, Italy
Geographic coordinates Coordinates: 43°45′55.61″N 11°14′39.51″E / 43.7654472°N 11.2443083°E / 43.7654472; 11.2443083
Affiliation Georgian Orthodox
Province Florence
Country Italy
Architectural description
Architectural type Church
Architectural style Romanesque and Baroque
Groundbreaking 1330

Santa Elisabetta delle Convertite is a formerly Roman Catholic church on via de' Serragli in the Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence, region of Tuscany, Italy. Since 2015, the church has functioned as a Georgian Orthodox church. The former adjacent convent has multiple uses, including in 2016, the Istituti Pio X Artigianelli.

History[edit]

In 1332, a lay confraternity attached to the church of Santo Spirito founded an Augustinian monastery for repentant prostitutes at the site of an existing chapel dedicated to St Elizabeth of Hungary. It became one of the largest (in terms of population) but poorest communities of nuns in Florence. In 1624 the building incorporated the birth house of Saint Phillip Neri (born 1515). In 1808 the monastery was suppressed. It has had a number of subsequent uses. The chapel is currently used by the Georgian Orthodox Church.[1]

The church has a ceiling fresco depicting the Glory of St Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi by Alessandro Gherardini. While many of it famous works are now dispersed, such as Botticelli's Pala delle Convertite, it still contains an Adoration of the Shepherds by Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio. The structure was restored by Giuseppe Castellucci in the 1900s, and again in the mid-1990s.

Works circa 1491-1493 by Sandro Botticelli once in the church[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Sherill Cohen, The Evolution of Women's Asylums Since 1500: From Refuges for Ex-prostitutes to Shelters for Battered Women, ISBN 9780195051643
  • Sharon Strocchia, Nuns and Nunneries of Renaissance Florence, ISBN 9780801892929
  1. ^ Diladdarno website, promoting Oltrarno.