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The street runs as far as the Arno and the Ponte Sta.Trinita, the famous bridge that was destroyed during World War II and faithfully rebuilt according to the original plans. Other major buildings are Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Via Cavour, not far from the Cathedral Palazzo Rucellai near Via Tornabuoni, designed by Alberti, the Medieval Bargello (right behind Palazzo Vecchio) and currently the National Museum containing works by Donatello, Michelangelo and other greats. Some of the most noteworthy churches are: San Lorenzo and Santo Spirito, two masterpieces by Brunelleschi; the Laurentian library (adjacent to the church of San Lorenzo), designed by Michelangelo and famous for its collection of ancient manuscripts and documents, and the New Sacristy with Michelangelo's sculptures; Santa Maria Novella, with its unusual facade: Romanesque-Gothic below, fifteenth-centry (by Alberti) above; SS Apostoli, Sta Trinita, the church of the Carmine with frescoes by Masaccio; Santa Croce that houses works by Giotto, Donatello, Benedetto da Maiano and others, the pantheon of Italian greatness, (another masterpiece by Brunelleschi, the Cappella dei Pazzi, in is the cloister); SS Annunziata, with a miraculous image that is an object of great devotion for Florentines; S Salvatore al Monte, by Cronaca at Piazzale Michelangelo, and not far from the top of the hill, San Miniato al Monte, a fine Romanesque basilica building during the XI century.
The splendour of Florence is also indebted to its capacity for accommodating its guests with possibility of choosing.