Encompassing the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Cappelle Medicee, this basilica is a testimony to the political power and ... More
Basilica di San Lorenzo
Encompassing the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Cappelle Medicee, this basilica is a testimony to the political power and patronage of the Medici family. Its origins date back to 393 when St. Ambrose consecrated it in memory of the martyrdom of St. Lawrence. Adorned with fabulous artwork, including the marble Altar of the Sacrament carved by Desiderio da Settignano, the basilica features major artists of the period, including Donatello, Verrocchio, Filippo Lippi and Brunelleschi. This church contains the tombs of many members of the Medici family as well as that of one of their favorite artists, Donatello. Check website for timings.
The unfinished exterior facade is entirely misleading. The beauty to be beheld inside both architecturally and artistically is absolutely breath taking. If you are at all religiously inclined you are in for a moment of grace the minute you enter this moving church. The divine presence will surround you with the exquisite works of Donatello and many other artists of the Quadracento. Come in a give your heart and soul a lift. You will never forget it.
I use to love sitting in from of San Lorenze with my girlfriends after school eating gelato. This spot brings back so many memories. The is a lot of shade in this area if you just want to relax. Also there are alot of street vendors.
My FAVORITE church in Italy thus far. I have been here 3 times and each time, tears were brought to my eyes. Works by Donatello, Michelangelo, and Brunelleschi intrigue and amaze! I took all my guests to the first Renaissance Church. The facade designed by Michelagelo was never carried out and the exterior isn't impressive, but once inside you'll be amazed!
Designed by Father Barnabita Ambrogio Mazenta from Milan, it was finished at the beginning of the 17th Century. Small insets
in the façade contain four statues. The first was sculpted by Ecole Fiche who designed the church's interior. The ...
The Loggia is also known as the Loggia di San Matteo is to be found on the corner of Piazza
San Marco, just before the turning off to via Ricasoli. The portico was part of the hospital dedicated to ...
Construction of this church started at the end of the 14th Century by the Dominican friars. It was completed at
the beginning of the 15th Century. The remains of 25 chief magistrates are buried here. The sepulchral monuments are ...