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Church of Orsanmichele

Via Arte della Lana 1/Via de' Calzaiuoli, Florence, Italy
055-284-944
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Ranked #31 of 224 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This pretty church in the historical center of Florence, Italy has a fascinating history, The sculptures in the niches on the church facade are reproductions, but if you go on a Monday, the original Donatello and Bernini (and others) works can be viewed inside,

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Ellettsville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This church was near our hotel and the outside would not draw you in at all. It was a surprise when we stepped inside to see the detail and intricate décor. Certainly an example of not judging a book by its cover.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is no doubt a lovely monument surrounded by many special monuments. But, here is a secret. In front of the Church, there is a simple window where one can purchase tickets to the Uffizi Gallery. With these tickets you can walk straight into the Uffizi, no waiting or advance booking at all. The counter closes at 3.30 Pm. Did... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

No doubt that Florence is filled with magnificent churches with breathtaking interiors and this church is one of them. While most of the churches need an entrance fee this is free for entrance and small for an entire tour. You will not be requiring a lot of time to be spending at the place and whatever you will devote will... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It won take you very much time to visit it. It's very small and free. But is very well worth it. The interior is stunning!It won tajke you very much time to visit it. It's very small and free. But is very well worth it. The interior is stuniing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This free to enter church, is breathtakingly gorgeous. Bought tears to my eyes, the altar is so special. If you visit on a Monday, between 10am and 5pm, the upstairs halls are open, and the original sculptures are on display.again free of charge, you enter this by the door at the back of the church on the right as you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Stumbled across this gem of a church. No queues or ticket booth and a quiet reverential interior. This former grain market eventually morphed into a place if worship as people experienced miracles amidst its frescoes, shrines and statues. The remarkable centrepiece is the altar with Daddi painting. Beautifully lit and where it was always meant to be, not in a... More

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Livingston, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There are so many lines and crowds in Florence that it is not easy to find a place that is quiet, free and offers many treasures. The Church of Orsanmichele is such a place. The present building was constructed in 1336 as a market and grain store; but by 1380 the first floor had already become a church. In the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My guide recommended this small but beautiful church. He was right, the altar is spectacular for a small church. This is not a tourist sight so I don't believe there will be any lines. It's hard to describe the intimate beauty unless you have seen it. The granary history is great if your a farmer or in the grain business.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Definitely go on a Monday if you can to visit the museum and see the original sculptures of the replicas that are placed in the niches outside the church. The interior of the church is beautifully decorated as well, so even if you visit a different day, it is worth the experience.

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