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The Church of San Lorenzo and Cappelle Medicee: photos, description and San Lorenzo Chapel of Medici)

The Church of San Lorenzo is the oldest Church of the city, as it was consecrated to St. Ambrose in the year 393. In the year 1060, it was rebuilt in the Romanesque style. With its modern look the Church is obliged Brunelleschi (1423). Expressive and noble in the antiquity of its facade stripped of marble facing, a project of Michelangelo in the lining of the marble Church was never implemented).

In the interior of the Church attracted the attention of the Department of two bronze works by Donatello, the Annunciation of Filippo Lippi, in the Martelli chapel and two sacristie in the transepts. The building of the Medici Chapels - a kind of family vault of the Medici rises behind the Church of San Lorenzo. The entrance leads into a spacious hall with a low ceiling, designed by Buontalenti. Here is the tomb of Cosimo the Elder, tomb of Donatello, the tomb of Lorraine and other great Dukes. A modest stone slab installed at the grave of the founder of the dynasty Medica - Cosimo the Elder.

From here you can climb in the large Chapel of the Princes, which was conceived and implemented in large part by the architect, Nigetti (with the participation of Buontalenti). Its construction began in 1602 and was completed only in the eighteenth century. Chapel, representing the octagonal layout, fully marble and solid stone in the Baroque style. Above the plinth, decorated with coats of arms of the sixteen cities of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, there are six arched sarcophagi of the Grand Dukes: Cosimo III, Francesco I, Cosimo I, Ferdinand I, Cosimo II and Ferdinand II; two sarcophagi placed the statues of the deceased, made by the sculptor Tacca. A corridor joins the chapel of the Princes with a New Sacristy.

Old sacristy was designed by Brunelleschi and decorated by Donatello. A new Sacristy was built in 1520 Michelangelo, who is also the author of here are the tombs of the Medici, Giuliano, Duke of Nemenskogo, and Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino. The sarcophagus is guarded by the first Nude figures-allegories of Day and Night, the sarcophagus of the second Evening and Morning.