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“Two rooms does not a museum make”

Basilica di San Lorenzo
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$44.34*
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Private Medici Chapels and San Lorenzo Square Guided Visit
Ranked #56 of 440 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: Dating back to before 400 AD, this church is the oldest existing religious structure in the city.
Omaha, Nebraska
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“Two rooms does not a museum make”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Biggest rip-off in Florence. They should be ashamed for how much they charge the church is the plainest and the museum is only two rooms in a cellar

Visited May 2014
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Louisville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Right outside our hotel window”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

This was an incredible place to visit. So much history and in November the crowds were almost non-existent. The weather was mild and sunny.

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Don't be fooled......it's better than it looks.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Basilica di San Lorenzo was the Medici church, their palace is a few metres away. It was not uncommon for the facades of churches to remain unfinished and the front of the Duomo was itself incomplete till the nineteenth century. The brick exterior of San Lorenzo may be a little forbidding but inside everything changes. Brunelleschi created a somewhat austere effect that looked back to classical precedents. His restrained use of colour, his tall elegant columns and the dome that appears to float above the rim below all identify this as a masterpiece. Look to at the Donatello pulpits, currently under restoration but allowing close inspection by visitors by way of a raised walkway. This is a great visit.

Visited May 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A landmark”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

This must see basilica contains Donatello's superb sculptures of the resurrection on a black, casket-sized pulpit box. It is being restored but can still be viewed up close thru glass on an elevated platfom. The basilica itself is magnificent, with Corinthian columns and arches like those at Santo Spirito. No photos allowed, unfortunately. Visit the crypt to see Cosimo the Elder's tomb ("Patria"), and Donatello's gravestone, two of the most revered gravesites in the city.

Visited May 2014
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Virginia
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“Church itself not outstanding”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2014

Library and Medici Chapel were closed. Church itself was nice, but not spectacular. A bit plain, actually. We liked Santa Maria Novello better.

Visited March 2014
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