Niels Stensen chapel in San Lorenzo

An entire chapel is now dedicated to the Blessed Niels Stensen - or italianized Niccolò Stenone - , in the Basilica of San Lorenzo, in Florence.

On the back of the chapel a modern altar (photo n.1) surmounted by a crucifix and by a stained-glass window representing the holy scientist (photo n.2). On the right wall, a part of the old sarcophagus which contained the body of Niels Stensen when it was buried in the crypt of the basilica (photo n.3), and, finally, on the left wall the actual burial of Stensen, onto which many people use to let their letters and memos to Him. Just above the sarchophagus, a bronze bas-relief of Stensen (photo n.4).

In the chapel, two latin memorial tablets can be read. The oldest one (photo n.5) carries the following inscription: "NICOLAI STENONIS / EPISCOPI TITOPOLITANI / VIRI DEO PLENI / QUICQUID MORTALE FUIT HIC SITUM EST / DANIA ILLUD GENUIT HETERODOXUM / HETRURIA ORTHODOXUM / ROMA / VIRTUTE PROBATUM SACRIS INFULIS INSIGNIVIT / SAXONIA INFERIOR / FORTEM EVANGELII ASSERTOREM AGNOVIT / DEMUM / DIUTURNIS PRO CHRISTO LABORIBUS AERUMINSQ. CONFECTUM / SVERINUM DESIDERAVIT / ECCLESIA DEFLEVIT / FLORENTIA SIBI RESTITUI / SALTEM IN CINERIBUS VOLUIT / A.D. MDCLXXXVII".

The newest one (photo n.6) remember his geological merits: "NICOLAUM STENONEM / RERUM NATURAE INVESTIGATOREM EPISCOPUM BEATUM / PRO INSIGNI MERITO QUOD FLORENTIAE / STRATIGRAPHIAM ET CRYSTALLOGRAPHIAM PRIMUS INVENIT / GEOLOGI EX OMNIBUS ORBIS PARTIBUS / AD XXXII CONVENTUUM CELEBRANDUM / ITERUM IN ITALIA POST CXXIII ANNOS CONGRESSI / GRATI COMMEMORANT / MENSE AUGUSTO A.D.MMIV".

  • Photos by ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#ihgroB acuL (April 2008)

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