Open 7am-12:30pm, 4-6:30pm Mon-Sat; 7am-1 pm, 4-6pm Sun. 0 0 The church of the Holy Annunciation was founded by the “Senate order in 1250 and later rebuilt by Michelozzo between 1444 and 1481. There is a series of early 16th-century frescoes in the atrium by Mannerist artists Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto and Jacopo Pontormo, but many of these frescoes have suffered from damp and are fading. The most celebrated are The Journey of the Magi (1511) and The Birth of the Virgin (1514) by del Sarto. The interior is dark and heavily decorated, with a frescoed ceiling completed by Pietro Giambelli in 1669. The church also boasts one of the most revered shrines in Florence, a painting of the Virgin Mary begun in 1252 by a monk. Devout Florentines believe it was finished by an angel, and many newly wed couples traditionally come here after their wedding ceremony to present a bouquet of flowers to the Virgin and pray for a long and fruitful marriage. Nine chapels radiate from the sanctuary. The central one was reconstructed by Giambologna to use as his tomb, and contains bronze reliefs and a crucifix sculpted by him.