The Basilica of San Lorenzo is situated at the centre of the city’s main market district, it’s one of several churches that claim to be the oldest in Florence; when it was consecrated in 393 it stood outside the city walls. .
The Medici Pope Leo X gave Michelangelo the commission to design a façade in white Carrara marble in 1518.
The work remained unbuilt. Michelangelo did, however, design and build the internal facade.
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