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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 #74 of 223 Attractions in Florence
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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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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Columbia, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This basilica is peaceful and beautiful on the inside, but not as emotive as Santa Croce. Other than the Medici tombs, one can view a bronze Donatello pulpit, old and new sacristy, the Prince's Chapel and library. This is one basilica in Florence whose facade is still the rough stone masonry that was never completed with marble facing.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Don't be fooled by the plain and unassuming outside of this church, as the inside is filled with many beautiful frescos and artefacts, including several works by Donatello, who is also buried here. What I loved most was the peace and tranquility, as this church was nowhere near as overcrowded as many of the other attractions in Florence. Good value... More 

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