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Basilica di San Lorenzo

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #68 of 224 Attractions in Florence
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Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
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Dallas, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
37 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We thought when visiting this place that we would be able to go down to the crypt, where most of the Medicis are buried, well, as it turns out the gates to the crypt were closed so we could not go in. We saw it from the other side of the gates but the view was not very good. It's... More

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Bergen, Norway
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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a beautiful example of Brunelleschi´s church design, you can find excellent artworks and it is a very importent part of the Medici history. It is € 4,50 to enter, but then a good tabletguide is included (you get the guide inside the church). Don´t miss the opportunity to visit the Medici chapel and the Lauretanian library, some of... More

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Taipei, Taiwan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My friends and I all enjoyed the audio guide! It tells you the history if Medicee family, how their political influence is in the past, and they also tell you the meaning of each paintings and artworks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I found the Basilica di San Lorenzo one of the most fascinating churches to visit in Florence. First of all, it houses some amazing artwork - Donatello's bronze pulpits, Pietro Annigoni's St. Joseph and Jesus, Bronzino's fresco depicting the Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, Brunelleschi's Old Sacristy. Moreover, the (combined) ticket also includes a visit to the museum and to the... More

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Whilst the Basilica was not the grandest in Florence, and we visited on the 1st Monday in the month so the Medici Chapel was closed, the staff were the friendliest and most helpful. We therefore rate it overall as a 3 for the 4.50 entrance fee.

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Ellettsville, Indiana
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Bronze pulpits by Donatello. Worth seeing along with the Medici Chapels which is the burial site of the Medici family.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Chiostro and its reading room are worth the money, not so much for the basilica, it is ridiculous to make u pay extra for the altar.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Whilst this Basilica may not be the most stunning of those in Florence, they have certainly taken a leap forward in guided tours with a small personal tablet tour included in the entrance fee. All photo's are strictly forbidden but it is well worth a visit. Make sure you go down to the crypt after the main tour. A basic... More

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I loved this Basilica, the altars were incredible and houses my favourite painting that I have seen in Florence which is Annigoni's picture of Saint Joseph teaching Jesus carpentry. Donatello's pulpits are there, one is being restored but the other can be viewed if you wish to pay to see it. I think this is my favourite Basilica as it... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I were disappointed by this basilica. They charge you 4.50 euro to get in, but don't warn you that it's another 1 euro once you get inside to see the Donatello altarpieces. Also, no pictures is strongly enforced. It's pretty, but skippable compared to all the other sights in Florence.

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