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San Lorenzo was the parish church of the Medici family. In 1419, Brunelleschi was commissioned to rebuild it in the Classical style of the Renaissance. Almost a century later, Michelangelo submitted some plans for the façade, and began work on the Medici tombs in the Old Sacristy. He also designed a library, the Biblioteca Mediceo-Laurenziana, to house the family's collection of manuscripts. The Cappella dei Principi, a lavish family mausoleum, was started in 1604.
Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9
Florence is a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance, the artistic and cultural reawakening of the 15th Century. Writers such as Dante, Petrarch and Machiavelli contributed to its proud literary heritage but it was the paintings and sculptures of artists, such as Botticelli, Michelangelo and Donatelli, that turned the city into one of the world's greatest artistic capitals.
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