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Review of Laurentian Library

Laurentian Library
Ranked #88 of 425 things to do in Florence
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“A must!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

Not only for the staircase or the beauty of the library but what there is to see inside!!!
Incredible !!!! Would love to be back!!!!!

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“What a history!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Built to house the collection of manuscripts and books of the Medici in 1571, this library has the vestibule and the steps designed by Michelangelo, very elegant. The reading room has pews for the reader to sit down and rest the book in front of him (I expect this library was used by men only in those period). The wooden ceiling is laden with carvings and the pattern is mirrored on the mosaic floor. The stained glass windows along the length of the library, at first glance, looked the same but they are actually all different with the coat of arm of the Medici at the center. There is a separate reading room with a beautiful dome at the right (no entry for visitors). Unless the library is the only place you want to visit that day, I will suggest visitors to buy a combo ticket which include the Laurentian Library, the San Lorenzo Basilica and the crypt. It cost the same (7 Euro) as just the Basilica and crypt.

Visited May 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Another hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Wonderful staircase designed by Michelangelo and ancient library with pews and stained glass windows. I loved this place as it put shivers up my spine. You could feel the history and the knowledge that was in here. Don't miss the San Lorenzo cathedral and it's crypt next door. You will be amazed.

Visited March 2014
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Chicago
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“A beautiful old library with regularly-changing exhibitions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

The building, with a staircase and reading pews designed by Michelangelo, is a delight. Don't miss either the stained-glass windows or the floor tiles, with their Medici family symbols. The floor, in particular, has some wonderful details, including grottesche with crossed eyes, as if they'd been reading too much and too late.

Virtually all of the library's treasury of books are in archival storage (as they should be!), but you can see the room with the original stacks and there is always some kind of exhibit of a few of the books in the rotunda. As of November, 2013, the exhibit was on Boccaccio, with early editions of his works and books that he owned, as well as later printings of The Decameron from all over the world.

Visited November 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

Michaelangelo designed the steps leading up to this amazing library. Readers sat in pews and books were brought to them. It has a magical calm and beauty

Visited June 2013
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