Medici Chapels Tickets
A bit of history about the Medici Chapels
The Medici Chapels are part of the complex which includes the Basilica of San Lorenzo and which houses the tombs of 50 members of the Medici family. In the interior of the Medici Chapels we find the New Sacristy of Michelangelo, and the Chapel of the Princes of Buontalenti.
The construction of the New Sacristy began in 1521 and was designed by Michelangelo under the request of the Popes Medici, Leone X and Clement VII. When the Medici were expelled from Florence in 1527, works were interrupted until 1531 when Michelangelo resumed the task he had to suspend again in 1534, when he had to leave to work in the dome of St. Peter's Basilica and in the Sistine Chapel in Rome. For this reason, the works were completed successively by Giorgio Vasari and Bartolomeo Ammanati.
The Chapel of the Princes is the most luxurious chapel of the Medici family, its decoration continued until the 18th century when the last of the Medici was buried there. Here also were buried members of the family with title of Grand Dukes of Tuscany. In the six sarcophagi lie the remains of Fernando II, Cosimo II, Fernando I, Cosimo I, Francisco I, Cosimo III, and their respective wives.
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