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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  • August 17, 2017
    The building is beautiful even externally, there are niches with statues commissioned by various corporations to the likes of Donatello. Internally it is beautiful and unique the altar.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We stumbled across Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele by chance, while walking around the streets of Florence. We were glad we did. It is a remarkable building. The architecture is stunning and the interi...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    A short visit of a few minutes is enough, remember not to take pictures with the flash if you do not want to be driven badly by overseers.
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  • 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 The statues, the work of masters such as Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti and Andrea del Verrocchio, have been replaced by copies; the originals (all bar one) are now on display in the museum, which is situated on the first floor.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.
  • Museum only open Mondays, so catch this gem if you can! Beautiful statues & great views over the city.
  • Small museum, but very worth going to. Incredible sculptures and a pretty view at the top.
  • The altar is fantastic, painting restored beautifully​ presented by the new light system

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