OPERA MEDICEA LAURENZIANA

The Opera Medicea Laurenziana was established by Royal Decree on the 2nd September 1907, in order to give back the ancient honor to the Medici Laurentian Complex, which is composed by the basilica of San Lorenzo, with the Old Sacristy, the cloisters and the monumental annexes, the Medicea Laurenziana Library and the Museum of the Medici Chapels.

The Complex

The Basilica

Giovanni di Bicci, forefather of the Medici family, entrusted Filippo Brunelleschi with the reconstruction of the San Lorenzo basilica. He managed the huge construction site until his death in 1446. In 1461 the project was completed by Brunelleschi’s biographer and heir, Antonio Manetti. Despite some interventions in the 18th...

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The Medici Chapels

The Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) complex, which may be reached through the apse area of the San Lorenzo Basilica, includes the lavish Mausoleum of the Princes (Mausoleo dei Principi) and Michelangelo’s New Sacristy (Sagrestia Nuova), designed as the Medici family funeral chapel.   The New Sacristy Conceived by Pope...

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The Medicea Laurenziana Library

Commissioned by Pope Clement VII, a Medici, to house the family’s precious collection of manuscripts, the Medicea Laurenziana Library (Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana) was designed by Michelangelo, who personally directed the works from 1523 to 1534, the year in which he moved to Rome. The library was completed in 1571...

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Online Tickets

You can buy your ticket online, you will be entitled to skip any queues at the ticket office.

Next evening openings for the contribution to the restoration of the bell tower of the Basilica (last work by Elettrice Palatina): it'll be possible to admire the Basilica, the Old Sacristy, the New Sacristy. Guided tours to the works by Brunelleschi, Donatello and Michelangelo.
Dates Friday 28th October, Friday 4th/11th/18th November

Select the date and choose the time, 19:00, 19:30 (also in English), 20:00, 20:30.
Admission: € 18 + € 1 presale

restoration works

Preserve, not restore.

[:English:]Grazie alle risorse provenienti da una percentuale sui biglietti d'ingresso alla Basilica e al museo delle Cappelle Medicee e a sponsorizzazioni eccezionali, l'Opera Medicea Laurenziana è riuscita a finanziare importanti interventi di conservazione e restauro dei monumenti del Complesso e delle opere d'arte in esso contenute
all restorations

dicembre 2016 - in progress

Restoration of Altar Frontal in scagliola of the eighteenth century.

It is a decorative panel that is used in some churches as a coating of the front of an altar. The frontal is made of a type of fine...

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dicembre 2016 - in progress

Concerts : In Caelestes Thesaurus

From December 4, 2016 to May 7, 2017 will be held in the Basilica of San Lorenzo a series of concerts...

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novembre 2016 - in progress

The Florence Flood: 4th of November 1966

50th years ago the flood that ravaged Florence. Who has photos of the 1966 flood and has pleasure to see them published on our site can send them to segreteria@operamedicealaurenziana.org...

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ottobre 2016 - completed

(Italiano) Stendardo di Francesco Ugolini ” Stigmate ed Estasi di San Francesco “

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luglio 2016 - completed

(Italiano) Nuova illuminazione Sagrestia Vecchia

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giugno 2016 - completed

(Italiano) Ripristino Coperture tetti Complesso Mediceo Laurenziano

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giugno 2016 - completed

(Italiano) Annunciazione di Filippo Lippi

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marzo 2016 - completed

(Italiano) Restauro affresco del XVIII secolo copia dell’affresco della Santissima Annunziata

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marzo 2015 - completed

Construction of a ramp to make it possible for the disabled to access the San Lorenzo Basilica

Sunday, March 1, 2015, the ramp that now makes it possible for the disabled to access the San Lorenzo Basilica was inaugurated, on Health Workers and Patients Day. A...

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novembre 2014 - completed

(Italiano) Restauro vasi azalee e sostituzione piante azalee

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febbraio 2012 - completed

Restoration of the Old Sacristy’s Lantern

After the precautionary phases of pre-cleaning and pre-consolidation of the stone layer which was in the process of detaching, the surface was cleaned by applying a specific reagent. A...

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febbraio 2012 - completed

Restoration of the Tympanum of the Old Sacristy

Conservation work was carried out on the pietraforte stone wall surface, the pietra serena stone cornices of the tympanum and the windows, the rose window, and the Medici insignia....

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agosto 2011 - completed

Restoration of the Parvis

After removing all the mortar reconstructions, each block of stone was cleaned by applying compresses with a specific timing keyed to the superficial deposit that needed to be removed....

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Now you can contribute
to the restoration.

We have planned new restoration works.
You can help us with a small donation. It will allow us to meet the costs.

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