Behind the Scenes at Santa Maria Novella, the World's Oldest Pharmacy

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Convento de Santa Maria Novella (Florence - Italy)

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A 600-year-old pharmacy started by Florentine monks is now a trendy global marketer of perfumes and medieval elixirs

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Santa Maria Novella is the first great basilica in Florence, and is the city's principal Dominican church, the adjoining cloister, and chapterhouse contain a store of art treasures and funerary monuments. Especially famous are frescoes by masters of Gothic and early Renaissance

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Santa Maria Novella perfume, made in Firenze (Florence) Italy

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Leon Battista Alberti

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Antica farmacia di Santa Maria Novella. Firenze Italy

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Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella is one of the oldest pharmacies in the world. Founded by Dominican friars shortly after 1221, the year of their arrivaI in Florence, the pharmacy used medicinal herbs grown in the monastic gardens to make medications, balms and pomades for the monks' infirmary.

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Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella (Florence, Italy): Top Tips Before You Go - TripAdvisor

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