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 and 19th century, the San Lorenzo Basilica preserves to this day the harmonious vastness and the sense of perfect integrity with which Brunelleschi had endowed it by virtue of the exact proportions that govern its structure.

According to the desires of Pope Leo X, son of Lorenzo the Magnificent (Lorenzo il Magnifico), the basilica was to be adequately completed by a marble façade. In 1518 the Pope entrusted this work to Michelangelo. Many drawings and a wooden model now on display in the Casa Buonarroti Museum give us an idea of the vastness of Michelangelo’s never realized project.

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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Download the Opera Medicea Laurenziana app

Fifteen video clips, more than 50 high-resolution photographs, three-dimensional reconstructions of the basilica, the monumental outbuildings and 3 projects of the facade of Giuliano da Sangallo, Raphael and Michelangelo. You can have it for free by asking our staff inside the Basilica or or by downloading it from the store.

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