Church and Museum of Orsanmichele, Florence

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Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
Church and Museum of 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 Church and Museum of Orsanmichele a part of your Florence vacation plans using our Florence trip itinerary website.
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  • This was my last stop in Florence and I am so glad I went in. The church is small but has the most beautiful tarbancle I’ve ever seen. It’s very quiet and peaceful and has some art. I went onto the...  more »
  • I was drawn to this Church by the Rick Steve Audio tour of Florence. Sadly, on the two occasions I visited, the Church was not open. A great shame - there are some very intersting statues on the...  more »
  • A small museum but a nice one. A good selection of statues in the upstairs gallery. And the price was right, free.  more »
  • Beautiful church with very interesting statues. The originals can be seen in the museum on the upper floors and also you have a nice view from there. Definitely worth a visit, even if it's only for a few minutes.
  • Unfortunately could only see the statues outside and a quick glimpse of the inside due to repairs.
  • While most tourist are exploring the many goldsmith workshops and many master craft-men working at their leather goods. I am always amused with the plentiful sculptures scattered all around the city. Walking down Via dei Calzaiuoli on your way to Piazza della Signoria, you can’t miss these ornate statues nestled into the side of this building. Orsanmichele is now a church and Museum but was originally built as a grain market, and between 1380 and 1404 used for Florence's powerful craft and trade guilds. Although this is a replica you can still feast your eyes on the magnificent work of the Flemish sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608), this is his interpretation of “Luke”. ⠀
  • Interesant. Frumos. Merita văzut. Orsanmichele is a rather long name for a church, comprised of three different words all compressed into one. First documented in the year 895, it stood as an oratory in the monastery St. Michael (San Michele). The construction was surrounded by a vegetable garden (orto) belonging to the Benedictine monastery. Thus the name, a bit modified over the years, became known as: Or - San - Michele. The austre external portion of the church shows that it is set on three floors, much like an office building, and it is a mix of simple walls in gray stone, intricate Gothic arches and windows, outdoor nichè with various sculptures and, even if you look for it, you won't find a regal formal “front” door. The entrance to the church is around the corner in the back. The original structure was destroyed in 1239 and around 1290 Arnolfo di Cambia was hired to build a loggia for the market. This building, made of wood, was again severely damaged in a fire and rebuilt again in 1336 as a market and grain storage area, on commission of the Silk guild (union of silk workers). As you wander around the square floorpan, look up to the frescoed arches and you will notice large metal rings embedded in the ceiling, these were used to load and unload the heavy blocks of grain.
  • Nice place to visit with a panoramic view of Florence downtown!

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