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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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  • Interesting Basilica just a short walk from The Duomo, dating back before 400 AD, this was the first Catholic church in the city, it is the oldest religious structure in the city, this is where many m...  more »
  • Apart from its imposing exterior, enter and see its frescoes and pulpits of Donatello, should be practically obligatory.
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  • San Lorenzo is very well known to the market while uncrowded is the Church, particularly rich in works fine. Included in the ticket an audioguide tablet to use within the Church. The complex also includes the library Larenziana which is only open in the morning.
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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.

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