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Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee)

Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #30 of 212 attractions in Florence
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Type: Religious Sites
Description: Opulently decorated in marble, gold and jewels, these chapels are a celebration of one of Italy's most famous and powerful families - the Medicis.
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Rich with history and magnificent art, the Medici Chapel is a must see. You have to enter on the opposite side of the church of San Lorenzo. You are in the heart of the San Lorenzo district which is a great spot to eat and haggle in street stalls (if that is your thing). The chapel is not typically very... More

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San Marcos, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Along with the Campanile/Duomo, Santa Croce, San Lorenzo (part of the same complex), and Santa Maria Novella, the Medici Chapels are one of the must-sees in Florence, not only for the history, but the architecture. Rick Steves et al. will give you a better rundown of Michelangelo's contributions to the complex, but suffice it to say the architecture here is... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The main mausoleum is rather gross - so much dark marble and overbearing tombs of the later Medici. There is scaffolding inside as bits started falling off, but still there is enough to see - you can't miss it just because it is so excessive. The smaller chapel is much lighter and there are some great Michelangelo statues.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The grandeur of the Medici tombs, the opulence of the artifacts in the Treasury, and the beauty of Michelangelo's works in the Sagrestia Nuova (New Sacristy), all make this a worthwhile visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

6 euros to get in and there is only really one room to see, but what a room. At present Mar 2014 some of it has scaffolding up and looks like it could be up for a long time but don't let that put you off. The mausaleom is fabulous, probably never see anything like it again, wierd but stunning!... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We enjoyed visiting the Medici Chapels! It is not as crowded as some of the other attractions, but definitely worth a visit if you have time. We purchased a Firenze card, which includes admission to the medici chapels. The hours are different so make sure you know when to visit. We visited on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

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Verona, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I am so glad we found the time to visit. This is an unbelievable experience. Just when you thought you couldn't be more amazed we stopped here. Absolutely breathtaking. Don't even think of trying to touch....Staff sitting in wait to correct you!

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Te Medici chapel is like no other place of worship in Florence, it is the most breathtaking place due to mere size and features. The decoration is in darker tones of marble and stands high above you. Completely unexpected even beautiful during construction! Also home to the tomb of Lorenzo de'Medici who can take credit to the beginning of the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We loved the Chapel. The architectural information, the renovations, the amazing sarcophagi of the Medici's and the artwork - oh the artwork. Mind the hours of opening - they are very strict about closing on time!

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Mississauga, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This Monument of Medici contains wonderful Michelangelo's allegorical statues. The building itself is stunning. Much construction/restoration work was underway so I had to opt out of visiting inside. The Medici Chapels are at the back of the Basilica di San Lorenzo and are a separate attraction from the church both require a separate admission fees.

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