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Santa Maria Novella

You can visit Florence churches countless times, but no doubt each time you can discover something new. How? Just ... changing perspective.

Florence, cradle of the Renaissance: here even the churches shield knowledge, so let’s suggest a new interpretation for the visit.

Santa Maria Novella is one of the most famous churches, coffer of as artworks as the Masaccio's Trinity. But don’t stop to it!

Just few of the many people passing by its façade can suspect this, but Santa Maria Novella is also an astronomic instruments.

We owe to Dominican friar Egnazio Danti the installation of advanced tools to measure the passage of the Sun.

Why this? Because Danti was court mathematician of the Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici. His Lord ambition was to reform the calendar system after Julius Caesar.

So they need to calculate the exact duration of the year, equinoxes and solstices.