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Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee)

Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #36 of 220 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Guangzhou, China
19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

How can one pay homage to David only WITHOUT paying a visit to Michelangelo's other master pieces in here? The Dusk, Dawn, Day & Night are the ones you couldn't afford to miss. Of course you could see "them" all at the Piazzale Michelangelo, the replicas, but why the replicas? How can you miss the chance of admiring the great... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

the building very non descript outside. YOU MUST GO IN!!! not expenisve and this is past by because everyone wants to see the David! The tombs of dear Il Magnifico and Guiliano are here. Lorenzo De Medici, God blessyou for supporting and encouraging Michelangelo. A fitting place for you to be. and the 5 pieces within the tomb area, a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was one of the final chapels we visited after 2 weeks in Rome and Florence so we had cathedral fatigue at this point but I was wowed nonetheless buy the beautiful marble and granite mosaic of this smaller chapel built by and for the Medici family.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Despite the quite expansive entry price (8.5 euros for full price), I would strongly recommend going there. I did not expect too much, but damn, the main chapel is simply breath taking. It is a bit dark but it is worth it!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Michelangelo chapel, or New Sacristy, is in renaissance style with beautiful architecture, gray shading on plain walls that highlights the wonderful sculptures. Read about the statues so you can enjoy their features. The second Chapel of Princes, is a more ornate, Baroque style, with elaborate inlays of marble of red and green hues from all over Italy. We talked... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Should we go? Was it worth the entrance fee? We decided to trust Rick Steves, who had not once let us down, and we were not disappointed. I enjoyed reading the well documented displays of Medici family history, seeing the tombs of the family's leading men, but it was the. Michelangelo sculptures that made the visit well worth the price... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My husband and I both felt this was a waste of 16 euros (for both of us). We were in and out within 20-30 minutes and that's only because I stopped to read the family tree. My husband was super bored. There are definitely some beautiful works of art, but let's be honest- it's Florence (and Italy for that matter)-... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

There's a small section of the ground floor that goes over the plans of the Chapels and the lineage of the Medici which is very interesting. The main chapel is beautiful and richly decorated. Much more impressive than the small chapel with Michelangelo's sculptures at the end, but it's all amazing to see. Come early to beat the crowd.

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Scottsboro, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A must see while in Florence if you enjoy history and understanding how the Medicee took in Michael Angelo when his father didn't approve of his being an artist and other interesting facts about this wonderful city.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I was recently in Florence and returned to visit S. Lorenzo and the Medici Chapels. The church is lovely and the surrounding area has changed quite a bit, as the street markets have been removed and relocated to another location in the city. The area is definitely more peaceful and less cluttered with pedestrian traffic. What I really enjoyed about... More

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