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Address: Via Arte della Lana 1/Via de' Calzaiuoli, Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 055-284-944
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Description: 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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A Quiet Place in the Midst of Chaos

We only stopped here because it was on the Rick Steves Renaissance Audio walk but it was well worth it. Interesting history, not nearly so ostentatious as the rest of Florence... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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Orange, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Orsanmichele was once a grain hall, then a guildhall, and then the church of the collective merchant guilds of Florence. Each guild hired a top Renaissance artist to sculpt a statue of the individual guild's patron saints to be placed in niches on the outside of the building. Among those is St. George by Donatello, commissioned by the armor guild.... More 

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Oegstgeest, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We only stopped here because it was on the Rick Steves Renaissance Audio walk but it was well worth it. Interesting history, not nearly so ostentatious as the rest of Florence and a nice place to sit for a few minutes to contemplate.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is one of the oldest churches in Florence. Each of the guilds (trade groups) donated sculptures to adorn the church. Very interesting.

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Reading, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We had the church all to ourselves. It was amazing. There are usually several tour groups giving their presentations in various languages. This time, we were the only people in the church. It was so nice to be able to study the gilded tabernacle and the overall beauty of the church - in complete silence. The original sculptures which were... More 

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North Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A former granery turned into a church. There is a beautiful white altar inside. Admission is free. Be sure to look at the statues on the outer walls of the church, they were sponsored by the various guilds. Originals are in the museums, and these are very good copies.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Fascinating recycling of Medieval site. Still used by congregation surrounded by warehouses converted into retail space. WOW, breathtaking altar and frescoes. Statues and carved wooden pulpit. Openings from grain chutes on the supporting columns and rings in the ceiling for hoisting heavy parcels in the days of commercial use. Exceptional carvings and an almost empty church quiet and peaceful. Imaginative... More 

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This interesting Church was originally a granary. The exterior of the church has multiple niches filled with statuary including two by Donatello, St. George and St. Mark. The highlight for me was to go inside the church and be overwhelmed by the marble tabernacle (altarpiece) built in the 1300's to house a magnificent painting the " Madonna delle Grazie" which... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

I read about this church before I came to Florence. But passed by by coincidence. I was attracked by the beautiful facades and sculptures. When I went inside, I felt very blessed. Everything was beautiful, serene. I didn't have the grave feeling when I was in other churches. Felt more like in a more artistic place. Very glad to have... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Our walking tour (Rick Steve's) led us to this Church. Outside along the walls are statues, with a few of them created by Donatello. You can enter the church for a break from the sun and heat, as well as a place to sit. This church is along a main road but seemed to not draw large crowds of tourists.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I had seen 2 original sculptures from the Orsanmichele, when they came to DC for a museum tour, so I'd been curious since then to see the building in person when I finally made it to Florence. You can walk all for sides of the exterior (it doesn't abut any other buildings) and admire the large sculptures set in their... More 

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