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Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

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Address: Via Arte della Lana 1/Via de' Calzaiuoli, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055-284-944
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9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This extraordinary structure testifies to the historic evolution of the...

This extraordinary structure testifies to the historic evolution of the city, which once served as a granary in the gardens of the Sisters of San Michele during Florence's mercantile period.

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Orsanmichele is one of Florence’s oldest churches and well worth a visit. Its free to enter (donations are invited) and the church is extremely beautiful; perhaps a little less... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
David S
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Orsanmichele is one of Florence’s oldest churches and well worth a visit. Its free to enter (donations are invited) and the church is extremely beautiful; perhaps a little less ornate than some of the many religious sites in Florence but is none the less striking for that. The building has its own museum with some amazing statues on display. Ascending... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Statues at the façade are really masterpieces, but the interior is really hard to describe. I have not been in many such calm places. I really enjoyed it. The tabernacle is really remarkable piece of art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Orsanmichele is place with unique history. It is definitely worth to learn more about this place and understand it's spirit. On monday you can also visit the upper floors where is the museum with statues which were decorating the facade before!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great little church that offers some great history to Florence, built with the the upper floors being a grain store, there are some great details in this church!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Orsanmichele is a really unusual and odd church, and I love it! It used to be a grain market and the grain used to be stored in the upper floors even after the building was used for religious reasons. The sculptures that are outside are not the originals, but if you visit on a Monday, the museum is open... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When visiting the Church of Orsanmichele you have the very interesting experience of seeing a structure which was repurposed in medieval times, which is fascinating in itself. Apparently the area was originally a business / mercantile section of Florence and the building was a grain storage facility, as the remaining metal and chutes demonstrate, before being converted to a church.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This chruch is unique for its history. It used to be a Loggia (open, covered space) and a meeting place of the guilds. The connection to the guilds is still evident in the decorations of the church both inside and outside. It was also a grainery at one point and the grain chutes are still visible both in the walls... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

If you are in Florence on a Monday, you must visit the museum of Orsanmichele. You enter through the church and climb a very long staircase to the museum. In the museum you will find the original sculptures which were commissioned by various guilds. They were in the niches of the Orsanmichele, and were completed by very famous artists. When... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I think we enjoyed the sculptures on the outside of this church as much as what was inside. The history of the church is really interesting and I must admit that I have never seen on off centered altar before. It's so pretty and very different! I wish the lighting would have been better so we could have had a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Orsanmichele is one of Florences smallest and oldest churches. Well worth a visit and the lighting of a candle to ensure one's return to this most marvellous of cities. If you fossick around Orsanmichele's environs you might be lucky enough to stumble on the headquarters of the Guelph Party....still alive and well after several hundred years.

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