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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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  • This monument is really a must in Florence. The outside of this building is unusual but very beautiful. The inner garden is nice and offers a very interesting view points. The Interior of the Basilica is beautiful with a beautiful dome painted entirely. As the official Cathedral of Florence before the construction of the Duomo, I think this building is an essential part of Florence!
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  • A short stroll down towards the Duomo can be found in the leather market. Rent audio guide with an entry fee. English/Italian seems possible. The library is added, you will need a separate entry fee. If you have time please visit the
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  • Already 393, later parish church was dedicated to the Medici with their Tomb monuments, among others the tomb of Lorenzo I. Brunelleschi. According to the new principles of the Renaissance, redesigned the building. The Church is oriented to the West, which side entrance is free to the worship in the right wing direction market Hall, who wants to see everything, must pay admission prior to the cloister, also valid for the Museum in the Basement. With severely disabled badge & accompanying person free. Here is still a lot to feel of the glorious time of the Medici.
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  • Situated outside the Walls of the City of Rome - the Basilica is about 25mins walk from Mary Major or the main Train Station in Central Rome. Important to note that the Basilica is only open first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon early evening - closed mid afternoon. Very quite with lots of 12th & 13th century features mainly Cosmatesque - on the left hand side of the church is a covered gallery walk way this will take you to the final resting place of Pope Pius IX - his body displayed in a glass coffin ,it's a very peaceful and spiritual place. The Basilica is part of a larger complex which contains a cloister with a wonderful central garden, the walls of which are full of Roman sculptures. The Basilica also contains the shrine of St Lawrence , Pope St Hilarius & St Stephen. Well worth a visit as its off the main tourist trail and you have time and space to have a look around.
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  • Inside one of the most beautiful architecture and light of the Renaissance by Filippo Brunelleschi. The inside leads to the Old Sacristy (F. Brunelleschi) and Michelangelo's New Sacristy
  • One of the main sights in Firenze! The details on the church are incredible!
  • Really great. Leonardo's cartoon still left on the wall.
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