San Marco Church Facade in Florence, Italy

In a city filled with gorgeous churches, San Marco is typically not on the tourist list but its history is interesting. In 1436, the founder of the Medici dynasty invited the Dominican Friars of Fiesole to move to Florence with the promise of having Michelozzo build them this church (consecrated in 1443) and a convent which, since 1869, has been a museum of 15th century Renaissance art. Before entering the church, look up and you’ll see the Winged Lion of St. Mark which is the symbol for Venice.

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Piazza San Marco 1, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

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