Chiesa di Orsanmichele

Grain market transformed into a church

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Prior to its 14th-century transformation, this was a grain market. By order of the city government, the market was walled up and sculptors were commissioned to decorate the church with statues of the patron saints of the city’s guilds, which were places in the niches in the building’s exterior.

The statues, many of which are now housed in the museum above the church and other museums in the city, date from the 15th and 16th centuries. The statutes on display outside the church today are replicas. Inside, the highlight is the Gothic tabernacle, designed by Andrea Orcagna.

The aforementioned museum is run by a small team of volunteers and is thus, unfortunately, only open on Mondays, 10am-5pm.

At A Glance

Via dell'Arte della Lana
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, closed Mon

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