Sunday, January 24, 2016
The Heart of Florence
The Piazza del Duomo can easily be considered the very heart of the city of Florence Italy. The dome of the Cathedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore can be seen over the roof tops in every direction. Commonly known as Il Duomo di Firenze, it is one of the main attractions of this beautiful city.
Construction on the church was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style. The facade is covered in marble panels of shades of green and pink surrounded by white. The front of the church is quite stunning to see. The church wasn't completed until 1436 when that magnificent dome was placed on top.
The inside of the church is quite simple and might even be called a bit plain compared to the outside. However, it is still a very impressive place to admire.
The cathedral complex is composed of a total of three buildings, the cathedral, the Baptistery, and the Campanele (bell tower). The three combined have all been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Those bronze doors on the Baptistery were designed and constructed by Lorenzo Ghiberti who also bid on the job of designing the dome however that job was given to Filippo Brunelleschi who engineered a spectacular dome that was one of the most impressive of the Renaissance. The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in Florence constructed between 1059 and 1128.
The dome inside the Baptistery is something amazing to see. The ceiling is covered in mosaics depicting the Last Judgement, stories from Genesis, stories of Joseph and others. Looking up at it is breathtaking.
Visiting the duomo is a must on any trip to this city rich in art, history and amazing beauty.