1960's postcard

At the request of Pope Leo X, a member of the Medici family, Michelangelo supplied designs in white Carrara marble in 1518 for the unfinished facade, but the plans were never implemented, so the bare bricks are still visible and to this day nobody has financed a facade.

The tall Renaissance dome is the top of the Cappelle Medicee (Medici Chapels), the most celebrated and grandest part of San Lorenzo.