Basilica di San Lorenzo

Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence

Basilica di San Lorenzo
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Religious Sites • Art Museums • Churches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
About
Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Florence Historic Center
How to get there
  • Alamanni-Stazione Santa Maria Novella • 9 min walk
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1,041 reviews
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY514 contributions
Not Overly Impressive
Aug 2021
This is large, but there are so many better churches to see inside. The pamphlet sums it up, a few small things to try and justify the entrance. It is a more modern looking interior.

I agree with others that the outside is nothing to be desired, but I also think the inside isn't that spectacular either. The 7 euro price tag was a bit high for what this one has to offer versus others which are much more elaborate, have better murals, etc. The dome with the windows up at the top was unique.

Nothing I would pay to see again.
Written 7 September 2021
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria16,465 contributions
Beautiful building
Aug 2021
Very impressive building built for the Medici. Unfortunately, we did not go in to see it. The surrounding square is very lively.
Written 16 August 2021
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Greco1979
Farnborough, UK681 contributions
Beautiful interior
Aug 2020 • Couples
If you are obsessed with Medici family and you love the Renaissance mathematical balance you must visit this unique church. The is a small entrance fee. The church is quiet and easy to contemplate it’s beauty. You will get a small leaflet which helps you to follow all the parts of the building. The most striking is the ceiling and the domes.
Written 18 January 2021
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FrederickWentworth
Rouen, France868 contributions
A must see
Oct 2020
The front is unfinished and may keep visitors away--to their loss. The ticket is 7 euros and well worth it. The nave in white wash and grey stone, the corinthian capitals, the coffered ceiling are splend and make the basilica one of the most beautiful churches in Florence. Unfortunately Donatello's bronze pulpits are virtually invisible because they are too high up and very dark (they should be brought down to eye level--surely this is not too difficult). Lippo Lippi's "Annunciation" is not to be missed (its etherea purity contrasts with Robert Browning's magnificent dramatic monologue "Fra Lippo Lippi"). Brunelleschi's sacristy is a superbly refined variation on the Pantheon in Rome though on a less monumental scale (cube and half sphere) but, unlike most visitors we did not find the Donatello reliefs add anything to its beauty. Beautiful cloister leading to an exhibition of the Basilica's treasure (for those into splendiferous objets de piété). Don't forget to look at Donatello's tomb.
Written 30 October 2020
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pldj m
152 contributions
Not fancy outside, but beautiful inside.
Nov 2019 • Couples
It doesn't look like a fancy church from the outside. But, inside it's a beautiful church. Include Laurentian Library was designed by Michelangelo.
Written 25 October 2020
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Anne Savoca
Birmingham, UK3 contributions
Stunning and hold Basilica.
Apr 2020
I went to visit the basilica on a rainy day and it was beautiful.
Basilica di San Lorenzo is located in Florence, It is one of several churches that claim to be the oldest in Tuscany.
I highly recommend a visit!
Bye
Written 20 October 2020
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Nick C
Florence, Italy2 contributions
Superbe!
Jul 2020 • Family
We have been today at Basilica of San Lorenzo, which at first may not seem so appealing and fancy as Santa Maria Del Fiore Cathedral but was a true gem!

First of all We have spent more than an hour walking through the treasure of San Lorenzo where you can see also the tombs of Donatello.
I was a bit disappointed to see that there's no access to Cosimo the Elder's tomb although we could see it only behind the gate.

I was very looking forward for it.
Our remarkable experience started when we went inside the Basilica,he architecture designed by Brunelleschi is astonishing and combined with marvellous paintings and the superbe customer service provided esoecially from Ms Sandra M which spent more than an hour with us explaining the whole hystory of Florence and the Medici family made our visit today a true remarkable experience.
Really reccomend it!
Written 11 July 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,499 contributions
Fantastic Basilica
Jan 2020
We could not wait to visit this beautiful and significant church because we knew the connection between Michelangelo Buonarroti and the Medici family. The Medici were responsible for Michelangelo’s early education, some of his major commissions in Florence, and ultimately, his exile from the city as an elderly man. Michelangelo is one of the most important and versatile artists of all time. He was an ingenious Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect and poet. He spent one part of his life in this church. San Lorenzo was the first Florentine church built in a new, Renaissance style - a model for later construction, built by then young architect Filippo Brunelleschi (Old Sacristy and Basilica Remodeling). Later Upgrades - The New Sacristy and Medici-Laurenziana Library were designed by the ingenious Michelangelo project. Brunelleschi began reconstruction from the transept of the old church, replaced the old Romanesque apse, this new space was to become the burial place for the member of the Medici family - later called the Old Sacristy (The Old Sacristy was commissioned by Giovanni de' Bicci di Medici—the founder of the Medici bank and, hence, the family's subsequent fortunes—and he is buried here along with his grandsons, Giovanni and Piero de' Medici (son of the great civic leader Cosimo Il Vecchio and father of Lorenzo "the Magnificent"), in a tomb by Verrocchio). But remodeling was realized later due to wars and lack of money. After seventeen years under the patronage of Cosimo de 'Medici and the death of Brunelleschi, the construction of the church was completed by Antonio Manetti in 1448. The curiosity of the Basilica of San Lorenzo is the unfinished main facade, for which there were many designs (among other things, the project was made by Michelangelo who even procured the necessary stone for construction), but never enough money - so that it remained unfinished.
Inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo are many valuable works of art, among others: Two Donatello's pulpits, which stand on Ionic columns with reliefs of scenes from Christ's life. The Desideria da Settignana Tabernacle of 1461 is a sculptural work that stands by its quality with Donatello's pulpits. The altarpiece by Filippo Lippi Proclamation from 1437. Mary's wedding, painting by the mannerist painter Rosso Fiorentino from 1523. Cardinal Giulio di Giuliano de 'Medici commissioned a project from Michelangelo in 1520 for the construction of the New Sacristy (architectural appearance and sculptures). Michelangelo in the floor plan - basically followed the concept of Brunelleschi's Old Sacristy, but he also installed a mezzanine floor under the cassette dome, thus obtaining a much higher room. He harmoniously divided the whole space into dark and light parts.
An interesting detail from his relationship with the Medici family occurred in 1527 when the Florentines expelled the ruling Medici family and established a republican government. Michelangelo supported the new regime and turned against Pope Clement VII (of the Medici family), for whom he worked at the time. But after a 10-month siege, the Pontifical State recaptured Florence. Michelangelo had been hiding from the Medici at San Lonenzo Church for months, in a room that had a perfect view of the Medici Palace. So he had them under control without them being aware of it. Michelangelo escaped, and he went to Rome and never returned to Florence, although the Medici called for him to return.
Written 20 April 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,695 contributions
Medici family
Feb 2020 • Couples
The burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family from Cosimo Il Vecchio to Cosimo III. Reputed to be the oldest church in Florence. Impressive. Interior columns and balcony once you steppped into the basilica.
Written 10 March 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Basilica
Jan 2020
Basilica di San Lorenzo is a burial place of Medici. Outside architecture is different from the rest of the basilicas there.
Written 29 February 2020
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