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Basilica di San Lorenzo

Address: Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055-216-634
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Ranked #91 of 406 things to do in Florence
Type: Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Art museums, Landmarks & points of interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing...
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Type: Religious sites, Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Art museums, Landmarks & points of interest, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The anticipation of seeing something special was high after our wonderful time spent at the Medici Chapels but alas, it was not met. The staff appeared off handed about things and this was a turn off. After a short visit to the crypt ( no photos allowed), we left for the magnificent Basicilla di Santa Croce. Our time at the... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

It is some kind of museum! The church is awesome and you can see much more! The garden is really nice and the catakombs are worth a visit, too!

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Columbia, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

There are much better things to spend your time on. There are some good things here if they are not currently under construction or closed for any other reason. I largely felt like I had wasted the ticket price and my time after leaving this place. It afforded some decent pictures and some mediocre viewing, but nothing that compared to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed taking photos in this basilica. The columns are gray and it made it appear that I was taking black and white photos. They were restoring the Donatello's works while we were there. You are also able to visit the museum within the church with the same ticket (4.5 euros each - I believe).

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

No, this isn't at the top of the list for churches to visit in Florence, but for fans of Renaissance architecture and the Medici family, it's a worthwhile, affordable sight. Tickets are currently 4.50 euros and permit entrance to the church, crypt (treasury), and Laurentian Library (when open). Apparently the library is not open in the afternoon. Ask before buying... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We visited this church because we saw it on Rick Steve's and thought it sounded interesting. It's ok for a quick walk through and a look at the grounds and small "museum". If you have extra time and want to see yet another church in Florence, this holds your interest for a bit... however, there are a lot nicer churches... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We visited here in October 2013. The outside of this church is unfinished, supposed to have had a facade in white marble carved by Michelangelo but this was never completed. There was an interesting audio and the crypt was interesting too. It was not spectacular and the main interest is the work by Donatello and the association with the Medici... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

If trip advisor allowed negative circle ranking, this would be negative 10. Two thoughts about this place: 1) My wife and I paid 9 euros for two tickets. I would pay another 9 euros just to have the experience removed from my memory. There are a dozen tourist churches in Florence and this church ranks as number 47. No, that's... More 

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Charlotte
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We walked through the church toward the end of the day. We had hoped to stop by the Capelle Medicee adjacent to it but it was closed. The piazza outside the church is very great for people watching. We used the Firenze Card to get in.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This church was designed by Brunelleschi for the Medici family. It is beautiful early Renaissance architecture in the classical style. Well worth a visit.

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