Orsanmichele (eigentlich: Or San Michele, früherer Name San Michele in Orto) ist ein Kirchengebäude in Florenz des Erzbistums Florenz. Das zwei- bzw. dreistöckige Gebäude aus den Epochen der Romanik und Gotik befindet sich gänzlich im Straßenblock Via dei Calzaiuoli, Via dell‘Arte della Lana, Via dei Lamberti und Via Orsanmichele. Im Erdgeschoss befindet sich das Kunstmuseum Museo di Orsanmichele. Das Gebäude diente zunächst auch als Getreidespeicher, vor dem Brand 1337 im Erdgeschoss, nach dem Wiederaufbau in den oberen Etagen.
A great place to spend an hour or two. It's free and the church has beautiful artwork and architecture. There is an upstairs area with a museum of statues which also has views of the Florentine rooftops
There was a church dedicated to Saint Michael (San Michele) on the site in 750. The "or" part of the name comes from "orto" which means "vegetable garden", and back then that's what was around. In the late 13th century the church was knocked down and a covered area (loggia) built for the grain market. That burnt down and in the 1370's the current building was erected. Around the outside there are 14 alcoves for sculptures of each patron saint of each of the major guilds. The current ones are copies with the originals in the museum upstairs. The building is 4 storeys (40 metres) high and includes a church on the ground floor, with a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. Originally, there was a miraculous fresco on a pillar. After the fresco was destroyed in the fire Bernardo Daddi created a replacement (the miraculous properties transferred over) in 1346. It sits enshrined in a magnificent tabernacle created by Andrea di Cione (known as Orcagna) in 1359. The church is quite lovely with vaulted ceilings and original frescoes (some quite damaged). Upstairs on the first floor is the museum (only open on Monday) with twelve of the 14 original statues. Most are from the first decades of the 15th century. They are in bronze or marble and sculpted by heavyweights such as Lorenzo Ghiberti, Nanni di Banco, Donatello and Andrea del Verrocchio. It was fascinating to see the difference in style that two and a half centuries made to the work of Bernini. The museum is set up very well - it is light and there are many seats for students to sit and sketch the statues.
The church itself is open the hours listed, but the best part is the museum upstairs (also free!!) with all the original sculptures from the outside. The upstairs part is only open on Mondays, so be sure to go on a monday. Very nice museum and great viewings of the original early renaissance sculptures
Orsanmichele (Italian pronunciation: [orsamːiˈkɛːle]) (or "Kitchen Garden of St. Michael", from the contraction in Tuscan dialect of the Italian word orto) is a church in the Italian city of Florence. The building was constructed on the site of the kitchen garden of the monastery of San Michele, which no longer exists. Located on the Via Calzaiuoli in Florence, the church was originally built as a grain market in 1337 by Francesco Talenti, Neri di Fioravante, and Benci di Cione. Between 1380 and 1404, it was converted into a church used as the chapel of Florence's powerful craft and trade guilds. On the ground floor of the square building are the 13th-century arches that originally formed the loggia of the grain market. The second floor was devoted to offices, while the third housed one of the city's municipal grain storehouses, maintained to withstand famine or siege. Late in the 14th century, the guilds were charged by the city to commission statues of their patron saints to embellish the facades of the church. The sculptures seen today are copies, the originals having been removed to museums.
Another must-see in Florence. A comparatively small museum but chocked full of masterworks of the Florentine Renaissance in sculpture, including several by Donatello. Although many works are not in the best shape, they are beautifully and sparingly displayed in this unusual church museum (formerly a grain market). The building exterior is also beautiful, the niche sculptures are mostly copies - originals are inside.
The church is free to enter and is the perfect balance of beautiful art and stained glass windows. Small but perfectly formed.
Good location. Pretty on the outside, average on the inside. Small in size.
The museum is only open Saturday and Monday, but the church is always open. It is small but really cool. Not worth seeing unless you are close to it, but it's in the center and it's free to go in. The place is really pretty and tends to be filled with people inside so beware.
It is free and is really good. Close to Uffizi Gallery and a couple other thing so it is worth seeing if you are close
free!free!free! very unsusal for florence worth to see