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Laurentian Library

Piazza San Lorenzo 9, 50123 Florence, Italy
055210760
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Ranked #37 of 212 attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Wonderful staircase designed by Michelangelo and ancient library with pews and stained glass windows. I loved this place as it put shivers up my spine. You could feel the history and the knowledge that was in here. Don't miss the San Lorenzo cathedral and it's crypt next door. You will be amazed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The building, with a staircase and reading pews designed by Michelangelo, is a delight. Don't miss either the stained-glass windows or the floor tiles, with their Medici family symbols. The floor, in particular, has some wonderful details, including grottesche with crossed eyes, as if they'd been reading too much and too late. Virtually all of the library's treasury of books... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Michaelangelo designed the steps leading up to this amazing library. Readers sat in pews and books were brought to them. It has a magical calm and beauty

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Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This was a pleasant rather serendipity visit. The library and staircase were elegant and functional, and there was an exhibition of the three Books of Hours made for the Medici daughters, beautiful little jewelled books which combine a calendar with a prayer book and other useful medievalia, and lots of illustrations. There were replicas which could be handled and pages... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

If you can't get enough of Michelangelo, you shouldn't miss this. Yes, it's one more entrance fee, but this may be the most famous staircase in the history of art. Michelangelo turns architecture into sculpture in the vestibule of this library. The reading room itself is just gorgeous, and there's likely to be an interesting exhibit in the rotunda.

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Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Not a lot of tourists visit the Laurentian Library, and most of the ones that I do usually know about it because they are fans of Michelangelo (like me). The library was designed by Michelangelo himself. The vestibule and the staircase was a sight to behold, but the reading room was no less magnificent (and well-maintained!), although no books were... More

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Warrenton, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I really enjoyed the Michelangelo designed library racks and the collection of illuminations were very nice.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

This is not one of the most popular destinations in Florence however it is am exqusitie building and well worth visiting

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

I agree with the other reviewer who said this was "a must see." It's lovely and tranquil. Don't forget to walk to the end of the library and through the door where there is a large exhibition room with more incredible books.

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

The library is lovely, but without some context you won't necessarily be able to appreciate the history. Of particular note is the staircase leading to the library. Michelangelo created the staircase, and it's amazing. Obviously, not everyone will appreciate a staircase, but if you have any interest in architecture, it's worth a trip.

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