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Basilica di San Lorenzo

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #71 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Hard to judge from the outside but once inside it is a beautiful church. Definiely worth a visit. This church was the parish church of the Medici family and has beautiful Renaissance style. Michaelangelo designed he desks and the ceiling of the Bibloteca which is lovely. The pulpits were done by Donatello . The dome looks very similar to the... More

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Entering the Basilica is a lovely experience. There is work in the chapel by Donatello and Michelangelo. Beneath the chapel is the tomb of the Medici patriarch, as well as the resting place of Donatello. The church has strong roots with the Medici family; they collected/ donated many treasures and relics that were donated to the church. Worth stopping in... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This church doesn't look like much from the outside, but is nice enough inside, and has tombs of various Medici below, as well as Donatello's tomb (I guess the Medici wanted sole possession of him since they kept him from Santa Croce where the rest of the big names are buried). I would rank this behind the Duomo, Santa Croce,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My daughter and I really enjoyed our visit. The guided tour on the Samsung tablets were easy to follow and came as part of the entry price. A must for anyone visiting Florence.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This local gem, built by Brunchelleschi, decorated by Donatello wasn't on our original itinerary. We were so glad to come across it, the basilica's beauty and history is worth experiencing.

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Bend, Oregon
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I was so intrigued by this basilica! Most of my cousins (26th great) are entombed her. My cousin -Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother at the Prince's palace. Awesome, Cannot figure out why you are not allowed to take pictures of Cosimo's tomb, but you can of everything else.

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