Michelangelo at our Santo Spirito Church

Our church in Santo Spirito was built in the late 1400s and was designed by the great Florentine architect, Filippo Brunelleschi.  He also designed and built Florence’s Duomo.  In 1495, before he was 20 years old, Michelangelo sculpted a wooden crucifx that was placed over the altar in the Santo Spirito church.  The crucifix remained there until 1601 when a new Baroque-style tabernacle was built over the altar.  The crucifix ended up being placed in a closet in the monastery connected to the church, and it was essentially forgotten about for hundreds of years.

The crucifix recently was discovered in the year 2000 and it was determined to be the crucifix sculpted by Michelangelo.  When we were at mass last week with my family here, we were fortunate to be able to see it.  It is now in the sacristy that is only open after mass.

Santo Spirito on the outside:


Santo Spirito on the inside: 

The Michelangelo Crucifix:


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