Chapter Archive

The archive of the Chapter of San Lorenzo, reached by passing through the 14th century cloister, contains a detailed chronological account of the activity of the San Lorenzo parish from 1059 to this day, and is one of the most ancient and complete documentary collections of the Florentine dioceses.
Thanks to its documents, we are able not only to retrace the history of the Basilica and the Chapter, but also many aspects of the city’s everyday life at the time as well as the traces left by the most important exponents of the Medici family.

Their patronage is catalogued in detail which, though compiled in different periods, make the consultation of most of the documentation possible.

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.

Available for smartphones and tablets

Online Tickets

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

7 OCTOBER: OPEN 12.30
9 OCTOBER; OPEN 11.30
12 OCTOBER; OPEN ORE 12.00
14 OCTOBER: 10-15.30