Helen and I outsite of the Duomo feeding pigeons
We arrived in Florence in the afternoon a little later than we should have, so we did not take the typical Florence walking tours which are considered as part of a visit to this city. Peter had been here more than once and he assured me there was only one place I wanted to goo before I can start seeing the rest of the city. Helen was pretty tired by now and she did not want to walk: I could only carry her so long before I tire of her weight. Peter took us to a restaurant first to eat and rest from the long journey; after a hearty meal, Helen seemed to be so much revived and ready to play with the pigeons. We started at the Accademia, where the statute of David by Michelangelo has been for over 500 years. Then we proceeded to the famous Duomo, where Helen could not stop feeding the so many pigeons outside the duomo.
This duomo also called the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, it ranks third largest after St. Peter's basilica in Rome and Saint Paul's cathedral in London. By the time it was completed in the 1400s, it was the largest cathedral in the whole of Europe. Built on the ancient sacred area of the Roman castrum, the Basilica of Santa Reparata, together with a number of other religious buildings, formed the original nucleus of what was to become the religious heart of today's Florence.
There was almost certainly a Baptistery as evidence of the ancient connection with the Cathedral. The Basilica of Santa Reparata was remodeled and enlarged to include the baptistery and was probably entirely rebuilt to become what we can see today. In that same period, the city's walls were enlarged in great proportions. The Palazzo Vecchio was built and so were two monumental churches including the Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce.
David by Michelangelo
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