Today is a day of celebration in Florence. July 26th is still remembered as an important date for the history of the ancient Florentine Republic, since it is celebrated Sant’Anna, patron saint of the city. The anniversary is celebrated in an equally special place for Florence which is the church of Orsanmichele, decorated for the occasion with the flags of the ancient city Guilds.
But what is the link between the cult of the saint and Florence, and why is this festivity linked to the church of Orsanmichele?
The link between the figure of St. Anne and the church of Orsanmichele does not end simply in the presence of an altar dedicated to the saint inside the building, since the presence of the figure of St. Anne, made in marble form by the Renaissance sculptor Francesco da Sangallo in 1526, can be understood if the socio-economic events of Florence in the fourteenth century are retraced.
Moreover, Sant’Anna was already before that time a sacred figure traditionally represented in old age to highlight her state of an old woman, so unable to have children.
The miraculous fertility of Anna, made possible thanks to divine intervention, is in fact connected with Orsanmichele, a building that, before becoming one of the most beautiful Florentine churches, was destined to a completely different use …
The fascinating history of this place, among the most significant of Florence, undoubtedly deserves a visit. Admiring its refined tabernacles with statues, works of the most important sculptors of the fifteenth and sixteenth century, and letting oneself be captivated by the colorful atmosphere of the precious marbles and the glass windows that decorate it, will become for you the discovery of one of the treasures of Florence.
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