"The Duomo" Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore Tip by Tijavi
Il Duomo - Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence: 251 reviews and 528 photos
Considered the fourth largest cathedral in Europe, Florence's Duomo is big on everything, except the interiors. The rich, dramatic symphony of white, green and pink marble neogothic facade reveals a very sparse interior within (picture 3) - quite an anti-climactic experience for me. The only two areas that possess considerable artistic expressions are the dome with frescoes of the Last Judgment by Vasari and the marbleworks on the floor which were designed in part by Baccio d'Agnolo and Francesco da Sangallo.
But this is not being fair to this magnificent cathedral which took 150 years to complete from the time construction began in 1296 based on the design of a Sienese (yes, from Florence's main rival, Siena) architect Arnolfo di Cambio. The rich marble creations that adorn all sides of the giant edifice are a sight to behold as are some rather interesting figures of the holy and saintly, and the not-so-holy-and-saintly (picture 4). Towering above, of course, is the iconic red-tiled dome by Brunelleschi, which had become quite a symbol for the city itself. While the dome was completed in 1463, the neo-gothic facade is a more recent creation (c. 1880s) by Emilio de Fabris.
Address: Florence Cathedral, Piazza del Duomo, Firenze, Italy
Directions: Near Giotto
Phone: +39 055 230 2885
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