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Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
immagine decorativamuseo Piazza San Lorenzo 9 Firenze
immagine decorativatelefono 055 2937911
immagine decorativamail b-mela@beniculturali.it
immagine decorativaweb http://www.bmlonline.it
 

The Library is one of the most important architectural examples by Michelangelo. In 1524 Buonarroti was commissioned by Pope Clemente VII, member of Medici family, to design a library for the family collection of books. The Medicea Laurenziana Library was completed according to the wishes of the Grand Duke Cosimo I and it opened in 1571. The access is through the monumental three-flight staircase in pietra serena, designed by Michelangelo and realized by Bartolommeo Ammannati in 1559. In the reading room two rows of benches (called “plutei”) housed more than 3000 manuscripts of the Medici collection starting from Cosimo the Elder. The stained-glass windows were realized by a Flemish workshop in keeping with Vasari's drawings. The Library holds around 11.000 Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts, that are often richly illuminated, dating from fifth to ninenteenth century, papyri and rare printed books. You can visit the historic Library by Michelangelo on occasion of the temporary exhibits, that are usually set up throughout the year.
 
 
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Timetable
From Monday to Friday 9.30-13.30.
You can visit the Library within 13.30 (the closing time).
Closed on Saturday, Sunday, holidays.
You can visit the historic Library by Michelangelo and the Vestibule on occasion of bibliographic exhibits, that are usually set up throughout the year. So the yearly timetable can change: please consult the website www.bmlonline.it.
 
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