I saw many incredible things on my honeymoon in Florence. Nothing blew me away quite as much as the Medici Chapels. I have made this video to show you just how spectacular it is.
When I went to Florence, I did all the usual tourist stuff – the Duomo, the Uffizi art gallery and so on.I had some spare time one afternoon, so I looked on the tourist app and saw a link for ‘le Cappelle Medicee’.
I read that the Medici chapels are part of the Basilica di San Lorenzo, which was the official church of the Medici family, and they are the final resting place of most of Medici family members. I knew nothing about this beforehand, but it was cheap, nearby and intriguing, so it piqued my interest.
I have to say, what I saw blew me away. By the time my partner and I reached the Chapel of the Princes, she had to have a sit-down, so overwhelmed was she by the spectacle before her – the spectacle this video will show you now.
The first thing you will see today is the Crypt, which is the first room you come across after entering. This is where the less-important members of the Medici family were laid to rest. It’s cool enough, but a mere appetiser for what is to come.
After the Crypt, you will see the ‘Sagrestia Nuova’, or alternatively, the New Sacristy. This was built by the legendary Michelangelo, and features several of his sculptures, including the Allegories of Time – Dawn and Dusk and Night and Day – as well as his Madonna with Child. This room feels very modern, it is beautiful, and it got me a touch emotional, yet even the New Sacristy pales in comparison to the main event.
Before we get there, though, you will see the many reliquaries of saints and incredible treasures housed within the walls of the chapels. The reliquaries hold the bones of saints, making them a mixture of the majestic and macabre. These reliquaries are stunningly ornate, and the treasures are spectacular, especially those bequeathed by Pope Leo X,
However, even they are exceeded in wonder by la Cappella dei Principi. This is the main room of the Medici Chapels, and it is hard to believe something as opulent and overwhelming as the Chapel of the Princes exists. If the video is too long for you, make sure to at least skip to the chapter about this room, because my words do not do it justice.
It’s no exaggeration to call the Medici Chapels Florence’s best-kept secret. The things you find inside will blow your mind, and leave you feeling humbled by the sense of history. Some of the footage isn’t pristine, but that’s a result of glass panels protecting the reliquaries and treasures, and flash photography being banned. Even so, you will be awestruck by the things you’re about to see. I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as I did making it.
Now, without any further ado ...
Welcome to Le Cappelle Medicee.
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