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Il Duomo - Florence Cathedral

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Florence, Italy.

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  • Photo of Il Duomo - Florence Cathedral
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This Gothic, wedding cake worthy masterpiece was begun at the turn of the 14th Century, and the final pale green marble panels added into the border of pink and white were inserted into the façade in the 19th Century. The Gothic decoration was added a long time after the main body of work was finished, but during the first period of construction, a lot of time was taken up planning and executing the building of the vast brick dome, which is surpassed in size only by that of the Pantheon – and that’s not done in brick. The exercise of building the dome involved not only imagining a way for a dome of this size to be built from brick, but also for how the giant thing, weighing 37,000 tons could sit on the roof without buttresses, and how the bricks could be hoisted up to the roof.

Inside, Florence Cathedral has lovely vaulted ceilings along a nave and two aisles forming a Roman cross. The great height of the ceilings add to the feeling of emptiness the church has, in part to do with the trend for austerity in religion of the time and in part due to the fact that many of the most impressive pieces of art and decoration have been removed and housed in the Museum Opera del Duomo. A few pieces remain though, including a painting of Dante and the Divine Comedy, a huge clock with portraits of the prophets and 44 stained glass windows.

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