Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence

Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Florence

The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana (Laurentian Library) is extraordinary not only for its architectural design but also for its collection of books and manuscripts. Housed in a cloister of the Basilica di San Lorenzo, the architect for this library was Michelangelo and work was finished by Ammannati in 1568. The design of the building was appreciated by contemporaries of Michelangelo and new ideas put into the building were termed revolutionary. Built on existing walls of the Quattrocento, Michelangelo decided to place the columns in the walls. This makes every visitor question the strength of the structure. The reading room, consisting of two columns of seats with an aisle has well placed windows which also make you appreciate the ceiling and the floor of the room. As a library, this structure is home to over 11,000 manuscripts, many of which are on papyrus and sourced from Egypt. In addition, the royal family opened its own private library to the public by lending its books. Some books were even chained to the floor to ensure that the books do not leave the library. The library has collections of famous Florentine authors like Salutati, Niccoli, Ficino etc. and works like Tacitus, Pliny, Quintilian etc. It is believed that the library was commissioned to accentuate the rise of the Medici family as intellectuals in the society. A dual delight, this structure is a must see in Florence.
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Sight Name: Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
Sight Location: Florence, Italy
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

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Travel Distance: 2.8 km
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Travel Distance: 2.1 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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