Conception and Papal conflict
The largest Franciscan church in the world, the Basilica of Santa Croce contains frescos by Giotto di Bondone and a chapel in the cloister designed by Filippo Brunelleschi that is considered one of the masterpieces of Renaissance architecture.
In 1322 the Pope declared that the Franciscans' vow of poverty was illegal, that Christ had, in fact, owned property and wanted his followers to own property. This meant, of course, that the Franciscans were forced to collect money and land which would in turn go to the Pope.
Around 1501, Assassin Lo Sparviero rushed to the Santa Croce Plaza to deal with a ruffian harassing a civilian. The Assassin assassinated the ruffian and the oncoming guards before making their escape, climbing to the top of the nearby cathedral.
In 2016, the Basilica of Santa Croce was used to as a simulated location by Abstergo Entertainment for their Identity Project. Like most of the simulated locations in the Project, the church had two aesthetic variations, and as such, could be utilized during daytime and storm.
- In Assassin's Creed II, a glyph of Clay Kaczmarek can be found on the basilica.
- The church was the final resting place of Niccolò Machiavelli, after his death in 1527. Today, only his cenotaph remains.
- Assassin's Creed II – Database: Santa Croce
- Assassin's Creed: Identity – Database: Santa Croce (Identity)
- Assassin's Creed II – Judge, Jury, Executioner
- Assassin's Creed: Identity – Prologue (Identity)
- Assassin's Creed: Identity – Vengeful Eyes
- Assassin's Creed: Identity – Niccolò Machiavelli's journal #3
- Assassin's Creed: Identity – Contracts