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Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee)

Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, Florence, Italy
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Ranked #34 of 222 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Standing in Michelangelo's sacistry was really wonderful. Learning about the sacistry and its creation really added a lot to the visit, so I would encourage visitors to bring a guidebook with them that explains everything.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It's rather dark and dreary inside - I'm sure there could be a host of amazing stories to be told here, but apart from the special exhibit they had, very little was labeled or explained, and most of it was only in Italian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A must see in Florence. Day, Night, Dawn, and Dusk by Michelangelo. Also sculptures of Lorenzo and Guiliano de Medici. Easy to walk to from anywhere in Florence.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I enjoyed every moment. It's not very touristy place. For 7 euro one can visit the Medici library, the tombs and San Lorenzo church. It is possible to get an iPad with information about the church. I recommend you do it and learn all the details which otherwise are not easy to notice. As far as I understood all the... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Some people I knew said these wasn’t worth visiting. If you are given a similar opinion, do what I did and ignore the advice. The Medici Chapels show the power and wealth of this formidable family. Were that their wealth was still around to help with the renovations! When I visited, the main space was dominated by scaffolding with repairs... More

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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

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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