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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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North Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Cleveland
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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Hasselt, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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