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Even if you think you've had enough of churches in Italy, you should go inside here. I venture to suggest one will not be disappointed with its stunning works of art which will delight you even after you've passed by the dramatic ornate facade, many of whose statues are only copies, the originals being in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
1348 was a notable year in its development because, just when the Duomo was on the verge of becoming the largest in Christendom, the plague struck, the population halved and the plans for expansion went out the window.
Let that not deter you from enjoying the 13th century octagonal pulpit panels by Pisano, aided somewhat by Arnolfo and Giovanni di Cambio. Nor the masterpieces by Michaelangelo and Donatello, the fine inlaid pavement and a magnificent fresco cycle by Pinturicchio painted in 1509.
This is a church full of wonders, not the least of which were motorcycle and bike helmets hanging on a particular wall, obviously in some form of dedication that, to date, I haven't been able to get information on (any help will be gratefully received).
The campanile, which compliments the Romanesque-Gothic architecture of the rest of the church, was added in 1313

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  • Written May 29, 2003
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