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Basilica di San Lorenzo

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, Florence, Italy
055-216-634
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Ranked #59 of 220 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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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We payed 4,50eur per person entrance fee. The building inside is very impressive. The sacristy build by Brunelleschi en decorated by Donatello was wonderfull. Also the 2 pulpits of Donatello (they charge 1eur extra to see one of them that is being restored) are beautiful. Don't miss "the annunciation" by Lippi. In the entrance fee the visit of the cloister... More

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Blairgowrie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Lovely building containing a museum of San Lorenzo treasures and reliquaries. The basilica itself is also stunning.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

i wasn't really impressed by the San Lorenzo Basilica and i guess the ticket fare is overrated! the Santa Croce is a much better alternative in my opinion. i wish i could have skipped it and checked something else. you can check it if you have more time in the city or are through with the major sights that Florence... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

When people think of churches in Florence, everyone thinks of the Duomo. While The Duomo was commissioned by the city of Florence, the Medici family built Basilica di San Lorenzo. The building from the outside is not impressive, but the interior is beautiful. The chapel itself is impressive in size, but it is the tombs of the Medici family to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

It's was a nice landmark to see. If you only have a few days in Florence, you should skip and see Medici chapels or Santa Croce.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We attended a Friday evening mass service. The priest recently celebrated his 100 birthday. Was a beautiful experience.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Biggest rip-off in Florence. They should be ashamed for how much they charge the church is the plainest and the museum is only two rooms in a cellar

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This was an incredible place to visit. So much history and in November the crowds were almost non-existent. The weather was mild and sunny.

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