|Palace of the Podestà, jail, and chapel for the condemned
|Fourteenth-century charitable institution
|15th century children's hospital
|Fourteenth-century granary and church of the guilds
|14th century merchant's residence
|Fifteenth-century parish church, brainchild of Brunelleschi and burial ground of the early Medici
|Eleventh-century Olivetan church and monastery
|Fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Franciscan church and friary
|Early Christian foundations; 14th century nave; 15th century cupola
|Dominican convent and cloisters of Santa Maria Novella (1275)
|Thirteenth-century church of Santa Trinita
Welcome to Florence As It Was, a digital project that aims to reconstruct the city the way it appeared at the end of the fifteenth century. Here you can review, inspect, tour, and visit the streets, palaces, churches, shops, and offices that formed the fabric of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Here you will find images, people, payments, relationships, literary references, contemporary descriptions, and sometimes even music related to the individual structures that shaped a Florentine’s daily experience in 1500.
Here you can read, in English, the Italian and German interpretations of these people and places that were written by critics and scholars in the 17th, 18th, and 20th centuries. See the seat of government and power in the late Middle Ages. Walk through the streets and buildings where Cosimo de’ Medici spent much of his time. Examine the most important cult painting in the city and the tabernacle that framed it. Zoom in close, fly high above, or approach these places from below. Search for names, places, dates, and events, and see how links and connections can be made in unexpected ways. Above all, imagine.
There’s a lot of information and a lot of data in these sites, so have patience while they load. It’s worth the wait.