Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele, Florence

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Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele is known for the sculptures of saints by the various guilds of Florence, distributed throughout the church. View the timeline of the sculptures, created between 1340 and 1602, to appreciate the shift from Gothic to Renaissance art. Artists, such as Donatello, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, and Giambologna, created the pieces. Read about the history of the church as a 14th-century grain hall and how it was converted into a place of worship later on. You can tour the museum on the second floor, or make your way to the top, where a viewing room gives you a 360-degree look at Firenze. Make Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele a part of your Florence vacation plans using our Florence trip itinerary website .
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  • didn't see it on the inside but curiosity are the statues in the exterior walls that surround it, which are patterns of the different guilds
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  • Among the many masterpieces is difficult to distinguish the jewels but this is well worth a visit for its stylistic purity and his works financed by corporations
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  • From the outside, this Church looks like a Palazzo. in fact, the function of the building was long inconclusive, it served among others as market. This explains the unusual for a church split in the Interior. Worth a visit!
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  • The church itself is open the hours listed, but the best part is the museum upstairs (also free!!) with all the original sculptures from the outside. The upstairs part is only open on Mondays, so be sure to go on a monday. Very nice museum and great viewings of the original early renaissance sculptures
  • Orsanmichele (Italian pronunciation: [orsamːiˈkɛːle]) (or "Kitchen Garden of St. Michael", from the contraction in Tuscan dialect of the Italian word orto) is a church in the Italian city of Florence. The building was constructed on the site of the kitchen garden of the monastery of San Michele, which no longer exists. Located on the Via Calzaiuoli in Florence, the church was originally built as a grain market in 1337 by Francesco Talenti, Neri di Fioravante, and Benci di Cione. Between 1380 and 1404, it was converted into a church used as the chapel of Florence's powerful craft and trade guilds. On the ground floor of the square building are the 13th-century arches that originally formed the loggia of the grain market. The second floor was devoted to offices, while the third housed one of the city's municipal grain storehouses, maintained to withstand famine or siege. Late in the 14th century, the guilds were charged by the city to commission statues of their patron saints to embellish the facades of the church. The sculptures seen today are copies, the originals having been removed to museums.
  • Beautiful sculptures. Very worth going to
  • Another must-see in Florence. A comparatively small museum but chocked full of masterworks of the Florentine Renaissance in sculpture, including several by Donatello. Although many works are not in the best shape, they are beautifully and sparingly displayed in this unusual church museum (formerly a grain market). The building exterior is also beautiful, the niche sculptures are mostly copies - originals are inside.
  • Orsanmichele, a grain market which became a church, is one of the most beautiful buildings in Florence. Its dark and cavernous interior is home to a magnificent 14th century tabernacle, the work of Andrea Orcagna, while the exterior is embellished with fourteen gothic tabernacles, each housing a bronze or marble statue. The statues, the work of masters such as Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Andrea del Verrocchio, have been replaced by copies; the originals (all bar one) are now on display in the museum, which is situated on the first floor. While the church is open every day of the week, the museum is only open on Mondays.

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