Medicean Chapels

The Medici family mausoleum

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The Medicean Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) contain the remains of nearly 50 members of the the powerful Florentine family, as well as the amazingly opulent decorations they commissioned for themselves. Incredible artistic works, done in granite, marble, precious metals and semiprecious stones fill the mausoleum.

The primary allure here are the tombs, designed by Michelangelo. These are located on the upper level which is, unfortunately, poorly lit, particularly on cloudy days. On sunny days, the tiny windows provide enough light to fully appreciate some of the artist’s most celebrated works, after that David guy.

Frustratingly, and classically Italian, the chapel has different hours than the church. Careful timing is required to see both sites in one visit.

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