Cappelle Medicee

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, Italy, Firenze

The Medici Chapels (Cappelle medicee) in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence comprise two structures added to Brunelleschi's original design, each intended to celebrate the power of the Medici as Grand Dukes of Tuscany. One is the Sagrestia Nuova, the "New Sacristy", designed by Michelangelo. The other is the Cappella dei Principi, the 16th and 17th-century "Chapel of the Princes", which is entirely covered with a revetment of colored marbles inlaid with pietra dura.