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Let’s move further. The upcoming famous architecture monuments of Florence that deserve to be mentioned are Basilica of San Lorenzo, Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Vecchio, Santissima Annunziata, and Central Market. An overview of interesting facts and a collection of photographs are available for each monument. In order to plan a route for your real-life sightseeing tour in Florence, use our interactive map of sights in of Florence that is available below this article.

Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence

» Basilica of San Lorenzo is one of the largest and oldest churches in Florence.
» The last of the world-famous Medici family, Anna Maria Ludovico, rests in peace in the Basilica.
» Interior of the church is recognized as a true work of art.
» Works of the great master Donatello: two bronze chairs dating back to 1460 and the sarcophagus of Martelli family are notable.
» Basilica of San Lorenzo serves visitors every day except Monday. There is an entrance fee in the church. Access is free only on Sunday, when liturgy is held in the Basilica.

Santa Maria Novella, Florence

» Santa Maria Novella is the first basilica in Florence, built in the 14-15th centuries.
» In the temple you can see many works of art by Florentine masters of 14-16th centuries.
» The workshop of perfumery and pharmacy is situated at the Basilica. That’s one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe.
» The famous early Renaissance fresco Trinity (Masaccio) was created in this church.
» The Big Chapel is of particular interest in the church. There, behind the altar, you can see the unique crucifix and a large number of frescoes created by Michelangelo.

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

» The Palazzo Vecchio is the Florence town hall. Now many rooms of the palace are converted into the museum.
» Before entering the palace you can see a number of beautiful statues, including a copy of Michelangelo's David, Hercules and giant Kakus, and works of Bandinelli.
» The first floor of the Palazzo Vecchio features a magnificent hall, Salon de Cinquecento (or Hall of the Five Hundred). This room is decorated with large murals, which tell about the famous battles of Florence, as well as painted scenes from the personal life of Cosimo I de Medici.
» Five-rooms of Hall of Elements emblematize five elements, fire, water, air, earth and ether.
» Despite the fact that a large part of the palace is now a museum, the Palazzo Vecchio is still the location of municipal authorities in Florence.

Santissima Annunziata, Florence

» Santissima Annunziata is the basilica in Florence, built in 1250. That’s one of the most revered shrines.
» The church is the burial place of several artists of the Renaissance.
» Florentine brides traditionally visit this shrine to leave their bouquets here.
» There is the organ here dating back to 1628, which is the oldest in Florence and the second oldest in Italy.
» Italian writer Maria Veltorta rests in peace here.

Central Market, Florence

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Facts: » The Central Market is the largest food market in Florence.
» The market is situated in the heart of the city, near the Basilica of San Lorenzo.
» The market is a spacious two-story building built in the second half of the 19th century.
» Vegetables, fruits, sausages, cheeses, meats, and wines are sold inside.
» Outside of the building there are stalls with textiles and leather goods.
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