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Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence

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World heritage site · Art Museum · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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Consecrated in 393 CE, Basilica di San Lorenzo is among a handful of churches that claim to be the oldest in Florence. The church in its current form, however, was not begun until the 1400s. Despite being built over many years, and diverging from the original plan in certain areas, it remains a great example of the early Renaissance style. The pulpits are late works of Donatello, and the church houses several Renaissance paintings, including Brunelleschi's Old Sacristy. If you want to tour the attached tombs of the Medici family, designed by Michelangelo, check the schedule for opening times. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Florence holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Basilica di San Lorenzo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is a lovely basilica, especially its interior. However, the main event of this visit is, by far, the modern "Mr. Arbitrium" sculpture - the man pushing on the basilica's wall, which provides... 
    This is a lovely basilica, especially its interior. However, the main event of this visit is, by far, the modern "Mr. Arbitrium" sculpture - the man pushing on the basilica's wall, which provides...  more »
  • We loved it. Mokhles and me had a wonderful time, perfect for a romantic holiday. We have travel all over the world but this place really touched us xxx 
    We loved it. Mokhles and me had a wonderful time, perfect for a romantic holiday. We have travel all over the world but this place really touched us xxx  more »
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  • We wanted to visit since discovering that this was the church of the Medici’s. It is an impressive structure and the exterior does no justice to the interior. The facade was never finished hence the rough look. Donatello is buried here, and I believe Cosimo the Elder (under the altar). The cloisters are lovely and the crypts have a bit of history to show. Toilets are available for €1.00 which surprised me being that we had already paid €18.00 to visit. The staff is very friendly and helpful. An app with an audio guide is available, so bring your headphones with you.
  • Absolutely stunning. The ticket costs 9€ which is not the cheapest option, but the church definitely worth this price.

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