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Basilica di San Lorenzo

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Italy
055-216-634
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Ranked #62 of 212 attractions in Florence
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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Istanbul, Turkey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This baslilica is consired the first example of Renaissance architecture in Florence. It doesn't seem stunning from outside, but it definitely deserves to spend time inside.The church has a library, called Biblioteca Laurenzian. The library contains reader's desks which are designed by Michelangelo. Wood ceiling also deserves attention. There is a separate ticket to visit the library. So, I suggest... More

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Midlands
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

There is a church, a cloister, a library, and exhibition relating to Boccaccio, a small museum and a tomb or two. There is an entry charge. The church looks nothing much from outside but it a jewel once you get in. You may have seen tables made different coloured stone making a picture or design - this church has a... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Also a fantastic place to visit. The library is more a reading room without books, but imagine that it´s built in 1524! The Cappelle Medicee with Capella dei Principi, Sagrestia Nuova are great to see with the fantastic Michelangelo statues, huge marble graves/coffins etc.

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London
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Very good value for €7.50 - beautiful courtyard, ancient documents, crypt and beautiful church. Particularly fascinating to see Cosimo's tomb in the supporting column in the crypt, and the marble slab before the altar in the church above.

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Moncton, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This was one of the locations that was on my lists of places to visit while in Florence, I had done some reading beforehand, and had an idea of what I was about to see. My husband on the other went in totally blind, except for the small stuff I told him. He had thought that the interior of the... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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189 reviews 189 reviews
140 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The place is located not too far from Santa Maria Novella station in the market district. The Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Florence. It truly represents Classic Renaissance architecture. The outside is very old looking and doesn't look well maintained but it gives its Classic Renaissance look . Much of the history is designed by Filippo Brunelleschi... More

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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We opted for the joint ticket which included the library and the church. At the entrance to the libary is the magnificent stair case designed by Michelangelo. There was also a special exhibit in the library on a poet named Boccaccio from the 1300's. The ancient books on exhibit were incredible. This was the first time we have even been... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is a sleeper of an unfinished exterior, looking like a hodge podge of assembly, hiding what may be the oldest church in Florence. What a magnificent interior space with little gems of sub-spaces within. The original place of worship for the Medici's & the artwork is world class. The 'Old Sacristy' is a Brunelleschi masterpiece of Early Renaissance design.... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The church by itself worth a visit , It is fantastic . But I loved the multimedia guide. They give you a mini ipad with a detailed explanation of the various points os interest of the church combined with drawings and animations that make your learning experience much more pleasant.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Located nead the centre of the city´s most prominent market district. The Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Florence, with much history designed by Filippo Brunelleschi around about the 15th century and is the burial place of the prominent members of the Medici family. Classic Renaissance architecture.

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