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Basilica di San Lorenzo, Florence

Basilica di San Lorenzo - Florence, Italy
Basilica di San Lorenzo
piazza di San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy 50123Map
+39 055 21 6634
Neighborhood: Historic Center
Overview

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.

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