The Laurentian Library in Florence was designed by Michelangelo in the 16th century. What I love about it is that, like the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome, it’s a masterpiece of Michelangelo’s that you can touch. We can experience it the way that it was intended to be experienced.
The library was built for the rich and powerful Medici family, who gained their fortune through banks and trading.
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I also love the courtyard, which wasn’t designed by Michelangelo, that is next to the library — with its orange tree and arches it reminded me of so many of the courtyards that I saw and loved in Spain.
The floor of the library, made of marble.
The ceiling of the library, made with wood from walnut trees.
The courtyard anBrunelleschi’s Dome in the background.
Love those orange trees.