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• Medici Chapels Entrance ticket (no guided tour - only entrance ticket) • Free time to visit the Museum on your own • Helpline with local staff
Learn and visit this stunning place that represents the history of Florence and of Medici Family.
Cappelle medicee are two structures that are found inside the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence, and were built as extensions to Brunelleschi's 15th-century church to celebrate the Medici family, which were patrons of the church and Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
The Chapels are divided into New Sacristy ("Sagrestia Nuova") and were designed by Michelangelo and created as a mausoleum or mortuary chapel for members of the Medici family. The larger section is Chapel of the Princes ("Cappella dei Principi ") and there is also The crypt and Treasury.
The architecture was complete by 1524, its white walls and pietra serena interior based on Brunelleschi's designs. Entered through the back of the San Lorenzo Church, the chapels are divided into three distinct parts: the crypt, the Cappella dei Principi (Chapel of the Princes) and the New Sacristy.
Learn and visit this stunning place that represents the history of Florence and of Madici Family.
A visit to the Medici Chapels begins in the crypt, one of four sections inside the museum. Here, you can find the tombs of the Medici grand dukes and their families, from Cosimo I to his wife Eleanor of Toledo, Giancarlo de' Medici to Vittoria della Rovere to the last heir of the Medici dynasty, the revered Anna Maria Luisa, to whom Florence owes the protection of its many treasures.
The New Sacristy was built by Michelangelo between 1520 and 1534 and is a reminder that the Medici were enlightened patrons. Michelangelo worked on developing the sculptures of the sarcophagi, but the only ones that were actually completed were the statues of the Dukes Lorenzo and Giuliano, the allegories of Dawn and Dusk, the group of Madonna and Child, Night and Day and placed above the sarcophagus of the two "magnifici" and flanked by Saints Cosmas and Damian. The latter monuments were executed by Montorsoli and Baccio di Montelupo, pupils of Michelangelo.
Cappella dei Principi was built by Matteo Nigetti in 1604-1640 regarding the designs of Don Giovanni de' Medici, a member of the family who practiced architecture in a semi-professional way. This mausoleum is a rare example of the Baroque style, and its huge cupola and lavish interior were conceived as monuments to the greatness of the Medici.
• Please be aware that €3,00 per pax have been added to the Entrance ticket price as management, booking and assistance rights. • Please note that Children 0-18 are free of charge, and will only pay reservation fee only with a valid ID and accompanied by an adult. No refund will be given if you do not accomplish the requirements. • Please note that Students 19-25 have a reduced fee, only with a valid ID. No refund will be given if you do not accomplish the requirements. • Please make sure to check your inbox as confirmation voucher to exchange with entrance tickets will be sent only via e-mail. • Please be aware that entrance time can be subject to Museum availability - for this reason this will be confirmed once booking is done. If the selected time is fully booked, you will be contacted and another entrance time will be offered. Otherwise you will get full refund.