Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel, Florence - Italy
Exploring Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel in Florence
|View of Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel - Florence, Italy|
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The complex formed by the Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Medici Chapel is situated at Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini in Florence.
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The Basilica of Saint Lawrence was a parish church of Medici, traditional family and leader at Tuscany region, which left no fewer than four popes of Catholic Church, Pope Leo X, Pope Clement VII, Pope Pius IV and Pope Leo XI.
|Pope Leo X, who built the Basilica of Saint Peter in Vatican City State|
|Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Giovanni dalle Bande Nere’s statue, Cosimo I de' Medici’s father|
Its huge Dome, or cupola, with Bernardo Buontalonti design, was based on models of Alessandro Pieroni and Matteo Nigetti, reminding the Duomo (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore).
|External view of cupola|
|Internal view of cupola|
|Basilica floor plan in the shape of Latin Cross, highlighted in red|
|Interior of Chapel of Princes|
|External view of Chapel of Princes|
|Medicea Laurenziana Library|
|Pulpit of Donatello|
|The Betrothal of Mary by Rosso Fiorentino|
Behind the entrance hall there is the Crypt for the tombs of the lesser known members of the Medici family; that point, you will find a staircase that leads to the Chapel of Princes, the Great Mausoleum Medici, of octagonal shape.
The Medici family spent fortunes on their ornaments, all decorated with semiprecious stones. Few places in Florence have so luxurious and beautiful decor.
Then a corridor leads to the New Sacristy, with three beautiful sculptures, all carved by Michelangelo between 1520 and 1534. And they stay around the room.
The Donatello decoration for the old Sacristy contrasts with the design of the New Sacristy by Michelangelo, a real treat.
|New Sacristy, tomb of Juliano di Medici, by Michelangelo|
€ 5,00 Basilica ticket
€ 7,00 Basilica and Medicea Laurenziana Library
If you want further information or buy tickets, access the oficial site at Opera Medicea Laurenziana, or Cappelle Medicee.
When in Florence, be sure to visit the beautiful Basilica of Saint Lawrence and enjoy the works of art it offers.
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