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Basilica of San Lorenzo: a great inner beauty

monument patrimoine

To escape the hubbub of the touristy market in front of it, take refuge in the silence of this basilica's sublime nave and sacristy, with its friezes of carved cherubs.

At the request of the Medici clan, Brunelleschi erected this basilica in 1425, taking care, as usual, to emphasise balance and harmony. At the architect's death, Michelangelo designed the facade, but it was deemed too expensive by its sponsor, Pope Leo X. The bas-reliefs recounting the life of Christ, St. John the Baptist, and the Resurrection, the two chairs carved in bronze, and the sacristy decorated with friezes of carved cherubs were the last works of the great sculptor Donatello, who lies next to Cosimo I in the crypt of the adjoining cloister.

The Marriage of the Virgin by Rosso Fiorentino, The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence by Bronzino, the painted sarcophagus by Leonardo da Vinci… San Lorenzo hides many wonders and secrets: chased by the Medicis, Michelangelo found refuge in the sacristy. In 1975, the charcoal sketches of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were found here.

Basilica di San Lorenzo
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9
50123 Firenze

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