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Basilica di San Lorenzo

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Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: +39 055 216634
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Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious...

Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.

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Another Church in Florence worth a visit

The church of San Lorenzo is worth a visit even though it is currently being restored. There is a lot of works of art to see, including by Donatello. You will also visit the crypt... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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San Gwann, Malta
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San Gwann, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church of San Lorenzo is worth a visit even though it is currently being restored. There is a lot of works of art to see, including by Donatello. You will also visit the crypt in which Donatello was buried.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As most attractions in Florence, the building carries a lot of history and religious importance. The basilica itself looks very rustic and have a beautiful garden beside it which used to be the hang-out place for monks to do whatever it is they're doing. For the price of some euros you get access to both the basilica and the basement... More 

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Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As part of the general ticket that includes the Laurentian Library, visit here too. The Medici Chapels have Michaelangelo sculpture. We were interested in a current exhibition of Art and the Sacred which showed how contemporary artists are (re-)interpreting traditional themes.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

This was our last stop before gathering or luggage and heading for the train station. The Lorensian Library was very impressive. They had some early volumes of Dante's Inferno on display as well as an exhibition on Dantesque imagery. The basilica was also beautiful. I especially enjoyed the some painted with the part of the night sky with Capricorn in... More 

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Nice and of course historic church but if you have visited a lot of churches for free like Santa chiara or San francesi in Rome with caravaggios and amazing baroque interiors maybe you may see the entry fee as not worth it? We were also told Michaelangelo designed steps were not part of the price of entry - so if... More 

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Lake District UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Visited this basilica to fill in time, but so glad we did! Origins in the 4th. Century. Heard of Donatello? He decorated much of the interior. Look at the pulpits depicting the crucifixion. We appreciated the paintings and felt the church was a hidden gem! The area cab be busy, but we found the church a welcome quiet sanctuary.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We did not realize a free audio guide was included in the price of admission. Our ticket taker just said "ask for free information in English." When I asked, we were given very informative audio guides which were well worth the price of admission. The basilica was designed by Brunelleschi and there are works by Donatello, which are currently undergoing... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This church is rather plain from the outside, but inside, it's just lovely. The museum is also well worth a visit. There, you'll find Donatello's tomb along with centuries-old relics and some more modern art work. When in Florence, don't miss Basilica di San Lorenzo. Easily worth the €4,50/person entry fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Very plain on the outside, but just spectacular inside. The museum is also well worth a visit - lovely pieces, Donatello's tomb, relics from many centuries ago.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

This late Gothic church, the family church of the Medici family, was begun by Brunelleschi in the early 15th century. It contains wonderful works of art, such as the decorations Donatello provided in the Sacristy. The two pulpits are also very fine. And, like Santa Maria Novella, it is not crowded with tourists. More than worth visiting!

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