Museo di San Marco, Florence

4.6
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Don’t miss the frescoes of Museo di San Marco, noted for housing the largest collection of sacred art in the city. The museum is located in a former convent, which was home to two famous Dominicans during the 15th century, the painter Fra Angelico and the preacher Girolamo Savonarola. The museum now contains a major collection of works by Angelico, including some of his best-known panel paintings, commissioned by the Medici family. There are a number of smaller frescoes painted by Angelico and his assistants inside the monastic cells. The museum also exhibits works by several other artists, including Domenico Ghirlandaio, Alesso Baldovinetti, and Fra Bartolomeo.  Plan to see Museo di San Marco and other attractions that appeal to you using our Florence trip maker site .
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  • The most amazing place to visit. Fra Angelico (and his pupils) was a prolific painter of frescoes in this monastery and for just 4 Euros, we can see them too. A real testament to his skill is the leve...  more »
  • This was my second visit, but the best as we were able to go inside this time. Take money to pay for the side sights as they are worth it. We signed up for the skip the line tickets which were inexpen...  more »
  • Well, Florence is superlative in every way. A good shows that excellence is this Museum, at the site where once ran a Dominican convent and today has a good piece in the history of what is now Italy. The collection runs from history to art. Here are, among other gems, an Annunciation, fresco, and Christ Mocked, Fra Angelico. Here is also the cell where lived the controversial Savonarola and when Cosimo il Vecchio made their retreats. All cells are decorated with frescoes by Bernardino Poccetti. The library is a chapter, with its immense antifonários, handwritten, with amazing paintings denoting the technical capacity, the inspiration of the authors, capable of producing such delicate works. Is one of my favorite places. Therefore, I recommend the visit, noting that the convent was rebuilt by Michelozzo, favorite architect of the Medicis.
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  • This rating is partly due to the attraction surpassing my expectations. I was expecting it to be yet another place with history which may have interesting snippets but is otherwise crowded with relics of the past which makes for tedious exploring. Do note that there are not much by way of explanations (in English, at least) so it is recommended that you download an audio guide or join a guided tour. I followed Rick Steves Audio Europe and enjoyed the experience. The rooms of Savonarola are particularly interesting—not so much the objects themselves but the political climate and personality of this man. The library is located on the first floor and is somewhat of a sharp contrast to the otherwise austere interior of the building. I would recommend taking some time to explore this room which used to contain many texts, maintained through the years by various people. It also provides some information of the important figures and then creation of beautiful Renaissance era books. Do note that the first floor closes at 1.30 pm on weekdays so be sure to leave time to explore!
  • This is an amazing jewel of a museum. It was not crowded, which in Florence is a miracle, and the art is amazing. It is a collection of religious art painted by Far Angelico, Filippo Lippi and other monks of the convent. Visitors can also visit the monks cells and see both Lorenzo Medici and Savonarola's cells.
  • San Marco (St. Mark) is located in the west of Firenze. It may be a bit far from other attractions but it is worth to visit. The church is big and interior is spiritual. The building next to the church qas once a convent. It is rare to see the inside of the convent.
  • Fascinating! The church is magnificent and the cloisters with the monks cells was fascinating. Also the collection of books created by the monks was bv beautiful.
  • It only cost 4 euros (June 2018) to enter this museum set in a monestary, upgraded by Cosiomo the elder (Cosimo Medici). A lovely peaceful place which includes two sets of cloisters with about 30 "cells" for monks and a few other rooms with lots of paintings. Each "cell" includes a simple alfresco almost all if them by Far Angelico.
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