Located halfway between the Palazzo della Signoria and the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Orsanmichele is a unique and extraordinary monument in which the civic and the religious come together as one.
The art historian Antonio Paolucci dubbed it a “Temple of Work” (“Tempio del Lavoro”) for its symbolic representation of the Florentine guilds, responsible not only for Orsanmichele’s construction but also for the prosperity of the Republic of Florence in the thirteenth century.
It was also, as Piero Bargellini—an unforgettable mayor of the city of Florence—recalled, “the place where the Grain of the Commune (municipality) was stored; the Grain of the people and of the poor, which the Commune’s prudent regulations sought to defend against speculation of rations, at all times, but particularly in years of famine.”
In the mid-fourteenth century, the granary was consecrated as a Christian church.
The niches on the exterior of Orsanmichele’s impressive building in pietra forte were adorned with sculptures commissioned from the most famous fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Florentine artists. Today, the versions you see outside are copies, and the original sculptures can be found on the first floor of Orsanmichele’s museum. On the museum’s second floor—the highest point of the structure— visitors can enjoy a unique and unparalleled panorama of Florence.
The impressive marble tabernacle of the Madonna delle Grazie is conserved in the church’s interior, where Holy Mass is regularly celebrated.
AccessIBILITYThe museum is not equipped with access devices for people with disabilities.
OPEN 14:15; 15:20; 16:30
AdmissionsFree entry but it is mandatory to book the visit:
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