San Lorenzo's Church

The Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the most impressive churches of Florence, and yet, too often, is cited more for its unfinished facade than the beauty of its architecture.

San Lorenzo is a very ancient church, consecrated in 393 AD. by St. Ambrose.

Unfortunately, about this first church, built over 1,600 years ago, very little came to us: so many times it has been refurbished that it had to be consecrated once again.

In the Renaissance, the almighty Medici’s family set their residence at Palazzo Medici Riccardi, in just few minutes walking.

San Lorenzo’s church was so intended to become family’s church. To give the church the present imposing appearance, the project was entrusted to Filippo Brunelleschi. The facade should have been decorated by Michelangelo, who won a contest held by Pope Leo X. Pope’s father, Lorenzo the Magnificent, was buried  in the New Sacristy along with those of his brother Giuliano, so he looked for a great project.

Then, the high cost of the work, the death of Leo X, the transfer of Michelangelo in Rome decreed the final shipwreck of the project, of which there are drawings and a wooden reproduction at the Museum of Casa Buonarroti.