San Marco Museum

Il Museo di San Marco

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Peruse the ornate text blocks and writing implements from the first public library of Renaissance Europe! The San Marco Museum was renovated by Cosimo de’ Medici’s aid. He commissioned his trusted architect, Michelozzo, to design then-San Marco Church. Its monastery was home to a reading room that served Dominican priests and a larger scholarly community. Until that point, only private institutions and wealthy individuals owned libraries. Books were a protected luxury item because everything was copied down by hand. Cosimo donated 400 rare texts from his own collection inherited from humanist Niccolò de Niccoli. Niccolò had been funded by the Medicis and pored his life into copying ancient manuscripts.

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Open today: 08:15-16:50

Piazza San Marco, 3, Florence, Italy

+39 055 238 8608
Indoors, Outdoors, Air conditioning

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