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Cimabue to return to Santa Croce after 1966 Florence flood

Painted crucifix to hang three meters higher than water reached

Cimabue to return to Santa Croce after 1966 Florence flood

Florence, November 6 - A painted crucifix by medieval master Cimabue is ready to be returned to Florence's Santa Croce Basilica after it was damaged in the Great Flood of 1966. The painted crucifix, executed in 1280, came to heightened fame when muddy waters, which swelled the banks of the Arno and inundated the entire city, swept into the church and wiped most of the paint off. Experts nevertheless managed to restore the priceless work, which has since been in the Basilica's adjacent Cenacolo building, tied to a pulley system that can be raised in the event of another flood. The crucifix is ready to be re-transferred to the Basilica itself, where it will be hung nine meters above the ground - three meters higher than the historic flood levels - just above a newly restored crucifix by the Figline Master. The unveiling has yet to be announced, but is estimated to be in 2016 on the 50th anniversary of the flood.

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