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Laurentian Library

Piazza San Lorenzo 9, 50123 Florence, Italy
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Ranked #40 of 220 Attractions in Florence
Type: Libraries
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This site was not on our original itinerary, but was well worth the stop. The Medici library designed by Michelangelo was inspiring. The pews in the reading room did not look at all comfortable, but they certainly made me wish I could request a book, sit down, read and think deeply while soaking in the aura of the Renaissance. An... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

So well preserved, so inspiring. If you like architecture or libraries, do not miss this one. A tiny exhibition featured a papyrus of an ancient text.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The Laurentian Library is a wonderful historical and architectural site. The cost of admission is not covered by the Firenzecard but one gains entrance to the Laurentian Library and adjacent Basilica di San Lorenzo via a line that forms along the wall along the left side of the main entrance to the basilica. The entry times look to vary throughout... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Not only for the staircase or the beauty of the library but what there is to see inside!!! Incredible !!!! Would love to be back!!!!!

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Built to house the collection of manuscripts and books of the Medici in 1571, this library has the vestibule and the steps designed by Michelangelo, very elegant. The reading room has pews for the reader to sit down and rest the book in front of him (I expect this library was used by men only in those period). The wooden... More

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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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