Cappella dei Principi, Medici Chapels, Florence
Cappella dei Principi, Medici Chapels, Florence

Medici Chapels

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The Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) are two separate chapels in the apse of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence, which was the parish church of the Medici, the influential family that is considered to be the founder of the international banking system and that ruled Tuscany during the 15th and 16th century.

The Basilica of San Lorenzo was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, the leading Renaissance architect of the first half of the 15th century. The Medici Chapels are extensions to Brunelleschi’s design and intended to bury members of the Medici family.

The Sagrestia Nuova chapel (New Sacristy) is the smaller of the two chapels. It was designed by Michelangelo between 1521 and 1524, and was his first work in the field of architecture. He also designed a number of the chapel’s monuments that were dedicated to members of the Medici family.

With its 59 metre high dome, the octagonal Cappella dei Principi (Chapel of the Princes) is the distinguishing feature of San Lorenzo. Work begun in the early 17th century to create this mausoleum of the Medici grand-dukes.

Practical Information

Address
Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 6, Florence, Italy
Phone
+39 055 2388602
Website
Opening Times
Monday 08:15 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:15 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:15 - 17:00
Thursday 08:15 - 17:00
Friday 08:15 - 17:00
Saturday 08:15 - 17:00
Sunday 08:15 - 17:00

Last admission 40 minutes before closing time.

Closed on 1 January, 1 May and Christmas; closed every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and every 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month

Facilities
  • Audioguide
  • Bookshop
  • Cloakroom

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Past Exhibitions

Nel segno dei Medici

Nel segno dei Medici

The exhibition Nel segno dei Medici – Tesori sacri della devozione granducale (In the Name of the Medici – Sacred treasures of Grand Ducal devotion) at the Cappella dei Principi in the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence has at its centre the sacred and … [read more]