The Basilica di San Lorenzo (Basilica of St Lawrence) is one of the largest churches of Florence, Italy, situated at the centre of the city’s main market district, and the burial place of all the principal members of the Medici family from Cosimo il Vecchio to Cosimo III. It is one of several churches that claim to be the oldest in Florence; when it was consecrated in 393 it stood outside the city walls. For three hundred years it was the city's cathedral before the official seat of the bishop was transferred to Santa Reparata. San Lorenzo was also the parish church of the Medici family. In 1419, Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici offered to finance a new church to replace the eleventh-century Romanesque rebuilding. Filippo Brunelleschi, the leading Renaissance architect of the first half of the fifteenth century, was commissioned to design it, but the building, with alterations, was not completed until after his death. The church is part of a larger monastic complex that contains other important architectural works: the Old Sacristy by Brunelleschi; the Laurentian Library by Michelangelo; the New Sacristy based on Michelangelo's designs; and the Medici Chapels by Matteo Nigetti.
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gracious (20025) 2009-03-29 10:37
Thank you for sharing this one of the oldest church in Florence! thanks for the notes as well!
good pov with great sharpness with details, I especially loved the sunlight and shadows displayed over it that makes a beautiful colour contrast against clear blue sky!
take care and sincere regards
cobra112 (15589) 2009-03-29 13:45
Great POV again dear Ashley! Amazing movement of light and shadows. God contrast too.
banaei_nikon (777) 2009-04-01 1:22
I like the perspective you've chosen for this image
Congratulation for photograph
Really very good
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-04-01 7:00
Nice picture, very nice. Wonderful colors. Funny shot.
Greetings from Poland!
alentejano (255) 2009-04-02 13:49
the colours and shadows are amazing,
very original POV.
toto (0) 2009-04-04 2:17
belle photo de cette Basilique avec son dôme et son clocher de fort belle architecture.
Bon POV, belle recherche et belle réalisation.
buscape (6219) 2009-04-05 17:06
good picture of this old church with beautiful light and good contrast to the blue sky. I like your upwards view and the choice of vertical format to present us the top of the building. The play of light and shadow on the walls is very effective and colors and sharpness are good too.
zeca (19762) 2009-04-08 21:21
Very good point of view, showing this beautiful architecture against the pretty clear blue sky. Very nice!
BeBeHooker (0) 2009-04-10 1:28
Hi Loves Summer!
Nice shot. Interesting basilica. Wonderful colors. Good picture.
luiscar (3286) 2009-04-22 7:55
gracias por tu visita, a mi galeria.
decirte que, tienes una mas que aceptable galeria, esta foto es una muestra de ello, unicamente he notado en algunas de tus fotografias que, no te has trabajado muy bien el encuadre, en esta en concreto creo que podias haber tomado un POV mas bajo y la perspectiva hubiera sido mas llamativa, (eso siempre que se pudiera, esta claro), es un simple comentario, sin mas animo que el de poder ayudarte.
NickPavlakis (562) 2009-05-18 20:06
Hi Ashley, good POV, but a little burn out details from the sun. The blue sky is just beautiful.