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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  • August 18, 2017
    A church with facade is not complete which is the symbol of one of the most beautiful districts of Florence. Little known by the mass of tourists, inside there are works of Rosso Fiorentino, Filippo Lippi and Donatello, Brunelleschi. Even within the style is understated, with extensive use of stone. To visit to discover a hidden gem!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Shoemaker had lined up in front of the Church. Sandals made of leather is particularly notable, and is quite nice. Prices are fine, but material, making pretty good stuff I would. But (I don't know)
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  • August 13, 2017
    Basilica di San Lorenzo is a fairly large, but strangely beautiful church. From the outside it looks just like an old, almost dilapidated building. However, once inside you soon change your mind. The ...  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.

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