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The Basilica di Santa Croce

The Basilica of Santa Croce (Italian: Basilica di Santa Croce) is the principal Franciscan church in Florence.


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.[1][2]

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.[1][2]

15th century

In 1476, the Assassin Ezio Auditore assassinated Uberto Alberti during an unveiling of Andrea del Verrocchio's most recent works.[3]

16th century

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.[4]

On a day between 1500 to 1506, Lo Sparviero escort Leonardo da Vinci from the anti-Assassin group Crows and the bribed Medici guards to safety.[5][6]





  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed IIDatabase: Santa Croce
  2. 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed: IdentityDatabase: Santa Croce (Identity)
  3. Assassin's Creed IIJudge, Jury, Executioner
  4. Assassin's Creed: IdentityPrologue (Identity)
  5. Assassin's Creed: IdentityVengeful Eyes
  6. Assassin's Creed: IdentityNiccolò Machiavelli's journal #3
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