The Old Sacristy

One of the famous Florentine architect’s first projects, between 1422 and 1428 Brunelleschi constructed the Old Sacristy (Sacrestia Vecchia) in which his architectural vision was fully brought forth in the geometrical spaces accurately divided according to exact proportions. A cubical room covered by an umbrella-shaped cupola split into twelve segments, his simple and rigorous concept of space is enhanced by the use of the grey stone pietra serena, which emphasizes the bearing elements.

Created over the years between 1428 and 1443, Donatello’s polychrome stuccos unfold in Brunelleschi’s clear architecture.

The harmonious fusion of architecture and decoration makes the Old Sacristy one of the most complete and coherent creations of the early Florentine Renaissance.

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...


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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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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14 OCTOBER: 10-15.30