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In 1966 a brutal flood hit Florence, killing 101 people and destroying thousands of artworks and ancient manuscripts.
On November 4, 1966, a stream of water entered Santa Croce Basilica.
Cimabue crucifix, dating to 1275, became a symbol of Florence’s miraculous recuperation of damaged cultural heritage.
A team of volunteers from all over Europe, known as the “mud angels,” played a key role in saving Florence’s beloved crucifix.
By 1979, a fully-restored version of Cimabue’s 1275 crucifix was returned to Florence's Santa Croce.