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“Beautiful Church with gorgeous frescoes”

Basilica di San Lorenzo
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Owner description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
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“Beautiful Church with gorgeous frescoes”
Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

A must visit in Florence. Definitely get the audio tour for only two euros. Very informative and interesting.

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“Don't let the modest outside fool you!”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

The outside of this church was never finished, but the inside, wow! It was re-designed by Brunelleschi in the 1400's, and is spectacular. There are sculptures by Donatello, a huge fresco by Bronzino, and numerous dead Medici's! One of the bronze Donatello pulpits was closed off by scaffolding undergoing restoration, but they have a very interesting video playing showing how they go about the restoration work. This place also offers a tablet-based guided tour for 2 Euro (using their tablets), which was great. The information about the Old Sacristy (the chapel on the left transept) and the architecture and decoration in it were particularly good.

Visited March 2013
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“Visit the cloister next door instead”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Instead of paying to visit the large but fairly unimpressive Basilica itself, save yourself a few Euros and visit the lovely cloister that houses the ticket office next door. You might even be able to sneak into the crypt that houses Donatello and Cosimo Medici's tombs.

Visited March 2013
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Florence, Italy
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

it is one fo the few churces in florence without farce..it is as genuine as when it was built and no less imponent or full of beauty...one feels closer to god in a more simple atmosphere...beauty as it was created in the first place...

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“Burial Place of the Medici Family”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

San Lorenzo was the church of the Medicis and the crypt below the church is where many members of the family are buried. The Medici Chapel has a separate tourist entrance and is back to back with San Lorenzo. This church is Romanesque in design and far more austere than many other Florentine churches. You'll find fewer wall paintings and frescoes, but strong interior design and architectural elements. The pulpit is by Donatello and was his last commission. You'll also find the simple stone marking the place where Cosimo I is interred in front of the high altar. Your combination ticket allows access to the crypts below and to the cloister garden.

The facade of the church remains unfinished, though Michelangelo submitted several designs. Michelangelo's sculpture adorns several of the tombs in the Medici Chapel behind the high altar. This church is well worth a visit.

Visited November 2012
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