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The Chapel of the Princes (Medici Chapels)

Cappella dei Principi

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After Cosimo The Elder’s death, the Signoria (the government) awarded him the title “Pater Patriae” meaning “Father of His Country.” He was entombed in the Chapel of the Princes (also known as the Medici Chapels). Most of the family line was later laid to rest here, as well. Today, Grand Dukes and almost 50 other holders of the Medici name are interred in the chapels. Enter the chambers from a special entrance behind the San Lorenzo Basilica. Michelangelo designed the chapels at the height of his career; his personal relationship with the family gave him insight that informed his design. Sidle up to the marble sculptures of Night and Day, as well as Dawn and Dusk in the New Sacristy (Sagrestia Nuova) for a closer work at the master sculptor’s handiwork.


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