Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
Piazza del Duomo, Florence, Italy
Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) Florence Reviews
Beautiful Cathedral - Santa Maria del Fiore Jun 22, 2006
This Basilica is the Cathedral (Duomo) of Florence. Located in the religious heart of the city: Piazza del Duomo its complex includes the Baptistry and Giotto's Campanile.
It's the 3rd largest cathedral in the world and its style express the bridging of Greek and Gothic architecture. But the beauty is not only outside, but also inside, where you can see all marble floors and yawning aisles, shaped to appear like a gigantic cross. Most of the art masterpieces are now in the museums across the square, but you can still find a few of them inside, for example Donatello's stained glass window. Don't forget its gigantic and beautiful cupola visible from every street.
Once you are visiting Santa Maria del Fiore, go to the Baptistery and take a close look to the doors and mosaics.
Campanille: I highly recommend you to climb to it. While you are climbing you'll find hexagonal medallions and 2 floors with gothic windows. Fro the top you will get one of the best views of the city and surrounding countryside. This is a 414 steps climbing with an extra cost, but totally worth!
Baptistery: 12m-7pm, with a cheap fee.
Giotto Bell tower: 8:30am-7:30pm, with a fee.
Just image being witness of a glowing orange sunset...
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Sacred and Religious Place of the Earth: World Heritage Site Aug 13, 1998
I have since read in more detail about the cathedral of St Mary of the flower in Florence. When I visited Italy in 1998, Florence was one of our stops on a 1 month tour of Europe. We spent 12 hours in Florence visiting 4 main attractions including the leaning tower of Pisa and the Florence Duomo.The Cathedral of Florence also known as the Duomo, is the church of St. Mary. Santa Maria del Fiore, saint Mary of the flower is the number one religious attraction in Florence. The cathedral was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio in 1294 to be the largest Roman Catholic Church in the world. But that plan did not come to life as it was reduced later to a much smaller scale. The intricate details of the cathedral and the gothic interior offers visitors a feast of the eyes. The stained glass windows and marble pavements. There is so much more to see inside, but the exterior is massive.
I was particularly intrigued by the sacristy and the painting of the last judgment in the interior of the dome. Famous artists like Benedetto, Giuliano da Maiano, Michelozzo, Paulo Uccello, Federico Zuccaria and Giorgio Vasari adorned this cathedral with their best art. It is definitely one of the best religious sites/ attractions of the world. This Cathedral is a World Heritage Site, one of Catholicism's holy sites. Highly recommended.
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