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“Orsanmichele, a jewel on a busy walking street”

Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele
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San Miniato al Monte and Orsanmichele Art Tour
Ranked #39 of 657 things to do in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This extraordinary structure testifies to the historic evolution of the city, which once served as a granary in the gardens of the Sisters of San Michele during Florence's mercantile period.
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Orsanmichele was built as a grain market, dedicated to St. Michael in the 1300's. It was dedicated to the many guilds of Florence. Many patron saints were commissioned to be place in the niches when the outdoor openings were closed in. The originals are placed in a separate museum, but it is a delight to see St. George, the dragon slayer, and copies of works by Donatello, Giambologna,and Ghiberti. Orsanmichele still operates as a church. One day, when I was living in Florence I was able to read the Italian language announcements posted around the city.
On that particular day I went to Orsanmichele to see the newly restored and bejeweled tabernacle by Orcagna (14th century) and a lovely altarpiece by Daddi, "Virgin and Child" Because the announcement of the restoration was written in Italian the church was full of native Florentines who awed and oohed over the beauty of the restauration. At the time I felt like I was seeing grandmas and grandpas looking at their new grandchild. It was one of my loveliest experiences while in Florence. If you go by the church you can see from the outside a little door that is opened to see a the back of the tabernacle, Virgin and Child.
Yes, the church is open during visiting hours as well. If you like to look for hidden jewels this is one you don't want to miss!!! Also, at times you will find small concerts in this church.

Thank Nonnabrosa
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

It is a small church, former medieval grain market of the city. There is a great altarpiece. The best thing for visitors is the great view from the top.

Thank DanteFirenze
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

This Church we randomly walked into one day on our visit. It does not have the size or ornamentation of some of the churches in Italy, but considering how old everything inside is it is incredibly impressive! You can't take pictures sadly to remember, but probably the best for all the art work. It is not required to cover your shoulders nor long pants, but out of respect is always nice to do that for the church anyway. The locals sincerely appreciate it.

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

The statues are compelling. The architecture is simple and is all the better for it. Not many people have discovered this place

Thank RSTEELE1
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

The statues in niches around the exterior of the church capture your attention. Some are originals; some are now copies, with originals in the church museum or elsewhere. This church began as a marketplace, and the interior still reflects that fact: the altar is off-center to accommodate the market; pillars still have visible grain chutes. The altar is magnificent.

2  Thank Mick L
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