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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Florence holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Basilica di San Lorenzo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Worth visiting but not the most spectacular church but the museum has some interesting items also beautiful cloisters.  more »
  • Basilica of San Lorenzo is the burial place of all the major members of the Medici family from Cosimo de Medici old to Cosimo III. Octagonal Chapel of princes, serving as a tomb for six Medici Dukes is immortalized in the luxury of tombstones monuments. In 1520-1534 years of Michelangelo created the famous memorials, sculpture and architecture. Before the walls two gravestones of six, conceived by the wizard only them he managed to translate into stone. They lie Lorenzo, grandson of Lorenzo the magnificent, and Giuliano, one of his sons. Statue of the dead stand in niches above the sarcophagus, I decorated sarcophagi themselves lying figures "morning", "evening", "day" and "night".
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  • This is worth visiting for Donnatello's altar and bronze pulpit. Unfortunately, like many of our experiences in Florence, you have to come back another day as the Medici chapel and Michelangelo 's lib...  more »
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  • We were very fortunate to meet the risdent Stepfono . He gavw us great onsight to the history of this sacred place. BROVO.
  • A little bare after the Medici chapel next door, but the old sacristy is a wonderful example of the early renaissance. This is also Donatello’s burial place. The ticket will also get you into the library which has a foyer designed by Michelangelo.
  • Meh. Wasn’t worth the money. Save the dough and go see the Medicee.
  • Important: this is not the same as the Medici Chapel! The Medici Chapel is a distinct entrance with a separate entrance fee. The Medici Chapel is great but personally I did not find this to be an impressive church compared to others in Florence or elsewhere in Italy. We did a self-guided audio tour and a guided tour and would not recommend either. Felt like a bit of a waste of time really with so much else to see in Florence!
  • Don't miss the old (Donatello's) AND new (Michelangelo's) sacristy. Also, take a few minutes and visit the museum (with Donatello's tomb)
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