This museum is a comprehensive memorial to the members of the Dominican Order who resided in its rooms and has a special charm and spirituality. You can get a real feeling of how the monks lived in past ages through the huge complex with its peaceful frescoed cloister, its two Refectories [the small one frescoed by Domenico Ghirlandaio], the chapel and 45 monks cells or 'dormitories' richly frescoed by Fra Angelico [including the cell of Fra Girolamo Savonarola], and the long Library room which exhibits showcases containing beautiful examples of the precious illuminated books of the times [these are some of the collection housed in San Marco which are shown on a rotation basis]. If you are interested in the art and history of the Renaissance era and the life of the monks then this is a fascinating place to visit. There is a superb and informative Official guide book by the 'Firenze Musei' which costs €9.50 and is very useful while touring the premises. It contains the history of the building and its rooms, titles and history of the artworks and their artists, plans of both the ground and 1st floors and some superb photos of rooms and art works.
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