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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 #68 of 211 Attractions in Florence
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Owner description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

San Lorenzo is another design of Brunelleschi and another masterpiece! I love the simplicity and bareness of the interior and the masterpieces that are "sitting" quietly and un assuming in the cripts on the side.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We thought when visiting this place that we would be able to go down to the crypt, where most of the Medicis are buried, well, as it turns out the gates to the crypt were closed so we could not go in. We saw it from the other side of the gates but the view was not very good. It's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a beautiful example of Brunelleschi´s church design, you can find excellent artworks and it is a very importent part of the Medici history. It is € 4,50 to enter, but then a good tabletguide is included (you get the guide inside the church). Don´t miss the opportunity to visit the Medici chapel and the Lauretanian library, some of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My friends and I all enjoyed the audio guide! It tells you the history if Medicee family, how their political influence is in the past, and they also tell you the meaning of each paintings and artworks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I found the Basilica di San Lorenzo one of the most fascinating churches to visit in Florence. First of all, it houses some amazing artwork - Donatello's bronze pulpits, Pietro Annigoni's St. Joseph and Jesus, Bronzino's fresco depicting the Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, Brunelleschi's Old Sacristy. Moreover, the (combined) ticket also includes a visit to the museum and to the... More

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