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Work on the new cathedral, begun in 1296, was interrupted in 1302 when Arnolfo di Cambio died. His place as masterbuilder was taken by Giotto, in 1334. Due to a social situation and certain natural calamities, the construction of the cathedral slowed down. After Giotto's death, in 1337, Andrea Pisano, Francesco Talenti and Giovanni di Lapo Ghini worked on the cathedral. The building was finished in 1375 with the exception of the dome. The competition for its construction was won in 1420 by Brunelleschi who proposed to build the enormous aerial structure without the use of fixed centring. The dome was finished in 1434 and the cathedral was finally consecrated in 1436. The lantern, at the top of the dome, was also designed by Brunelleschi but its formal and architectural details had not been defined. It was designed and completed by Verrocchio.
The interior is very spacious, both in height and width, following the dictates of Italian Gothic architecture. The most prestigious artists of the age have took place in adorning the cathedrals interior: Nanni di Bartolo, Donatello, Niccolo da Tolentino, Andrea del Castagno, Paolo Uccello, Giorgio Vasari and Giotto of course.

Address: Florence Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Firenze, Italy
Directions: Near Giotto
Phone: +39 055 230 2885
Website: http://www.ilgrandemuseodelduomo.it/#cattedrale

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2016
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