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Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence

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Consecrated in 393 CE, Basilica di San Lorenzo is among a handful of churches that claim to be the oldest in Florence. The church in its current form, however, was not begun until the 1400s. Despite being built over many years, and diverging from the original plan in certain areas, it remains a great example of the early Renaissance style. The pulpits are late works of Donatello, and the church houses several Renaissance paintings, including Brunelleschi's Old Sacristy. If you want to tour the attached tombs of the Medici family, designed by Michelangelo, check the schedule for opening times. Put Basilica di San Lorenzo into our Florence vacation trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The complex is pay to enter for tourists but there are the cloisters, and the crypt has both a display of items from the church treasury, (including a number of ornate reliquaries in silver and gold),...  more »
  • For 6 euro you get access to the main basilica and another 2 euro gets you into the library via a charming courtyard. In the library we were asked to allow some school kids wishing to practice their E...  more »
  • Just paid to tour the church and it was fine. Great to walk in the steps of the Medici. The inner courtyard seemed to be free of charge and very nice on a hot day. It's right by the ticket office. Mig...  more »
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  • Lorenzo burial place. Work of Michael Angelo among other famous great artists. Church interior is marble, which feels very different than others.
  • Beautiful art work and only €6.50 to go into the church mueseum and courtyard. Its also where the Medicee family are burried!
  • If you have infinite budget and time and want to see everything in Florence. Otherwise, Basilica Santa Croce is much more interesting.
  • We were lucky to get the tickets seconds before the closing! You get to see the church, museum and cemetery, and the garden too. I advice to you to put the basilica on your list after duomo and santa croce.
  • The Medici chapel will take your breath away. Work in the main body of the basilica by so many famous artists is amazing. Close to the Leather Markets too.