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Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence

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Contact: +39 055 21 6634
Open Hours: Church of Prayer: Daily 7a-6:30p; Tours of the Basilica: M-F 10a-5p, Holidays 1:30p-5p
Encompassing the Biblioteca Laurenziana (the Laurentian Library - one of the most prestigious libraries in Italy) 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 Saint Ambrose consecrated it in memory of the martyrdom of Saint 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.