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Chiesa e Museo di Orsanmichele

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Address: Via Arte della Lana 1/Via de' Calzaiuoli, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 284944
09:00 - 19:00
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This extraordinary structure testifies to the historic evolution of the...

This extraordinary structure testifies to the historic evolution of the city, which once served as a granary in the gardens of the Sisters of San Michele during Florence's mercantile period.

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Special church used also as granary!

This was quite an impressive church that started out as a granary and continued after ground floor was made into church with granary above. The large pillars in church are also... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 December 2015
Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

This was quite an impressive church that started out as a granary and continued after ground floor was made into church with granary above. The large pillars in church are also chutes down which one put the grain when it was purchased.Church history also make's it clear how important the guilds were in Renaissance Florence.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

Orsanmichele is one of Florence’s oldest churches and well worth a visit. Its free to enter (donations are invited) and the church is extremely beautiful; perhaps a little less ornate than some of the many religious sites in Florence but is none the less striking for that. The building has its own museum with some amazing statues on display. Ascending... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

Statues at the façade are really masterpieces, but the interior is really hard to describe. I have not been in many such calm places. I really enjoyed it. The tabernacle is really remarkable piece of art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

Orsanmichele is place with unique history. It is definitely worth to learn more about this place and understand it's spirit. On monday you can also visit the upper floors where is the museum with statues which were decorating the facade before!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

A great little church that offers some great history to Florence, built with the the upper floors being a grain store, there are some great details in this church!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

The Orsanmichele is a really unusual and odd church, and I love it! It used to be a grain market and the grain used to be stored in the upper floors even after the building was used for religious reasons. The sculptures that are outside are not the originals, but if you visit on a Monday, the museum is open... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

When visiting the Church of Orsanmichele you have the very interesting experience of seeing a structure which was repurposed in medieval times, which is fascinating in itself. Apparently the area was originally a business / mercantile section of Florence and the building was a grain storage facility, as the remaining metal and chutes demonstrate, before being converted to a church.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

This chruch is unique for its history. It used to be a Loggia (open, covered space) and a meeting place of the guilds. The connection to the guilds is still evident in the decorations of the church both inside and outside. It was also a grainery at one point and the grain chutes are still visible both in the walls... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

If you are in Florence on a Monday, you must visit the museum of Orsanmichele. You enter through the church and climb a very long staircase to the museum. In the museum you will find the original sculptures which were commissioned by various guilds. They were in the niches of the Orsanmichele, and were completed by very famous artists. When... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

I think we enjoyed the sculptures on the outside of this church as much as what was inside. The history of the church is really interesting and I must admit that I have never seen on off centered altar before. It's so pretty and very different! I wish the lighting would have been better so we could have had a... More 

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