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The city's main Dominican church
Built in the mid-13th century on the site of the 9th-century oratory of Santa Maria delle Vigne, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella was designed by Fra Sisto Fiorentino and Fra Ristoro da Campi. The church is the first great basilica in Florence, and the city’s main Dominican church.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Novella features valuable examples of Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries, including works by Botticelli, Bronzino, Brunelleschi, Santi di Tito and Giorgio Vasari.