As the city's skyline symbol, the legendary Duomo is famous above all for its dome: Filippo Brunelleschi's Renaissance ... More
Santa Maria del Fiore
As the city's skyline symbol, the legendary Duomo is famous above all for its dome: Filippo Brunelleschi's Renaissance masterpiece, completed in 1436, created a double dome shell so that the dome is entirely self-supporting. It still stands as the largest masonry dome in the world, containing over four million bricks. Climb to the top (all 463 steps) to get an unforgettable panoramic view of the city, which has changed little in the past 500 years. Construction started in 1296 on the site of the Roman basilica of Santa Reparata, of which there are still visible remains with a design by the great Florentine architect, Arnolfo di Cambio. The existing neo-Gothic facade was added in the 19th Century by Emilio De Fabris. Covering a massive 3600 square meters (38,750 square feet), the frescoes inside the dome depict the Last Judgment, painted by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.
The Basilica di Santa Maria Novella church was built in 1278 by architects Fra Sisto and Fra Ristoro, who were
part of the Dominican order. The work was carried on by Fra Jacopo Talenti and Fra Giovanni da Campi ...
Santa Maria Maggiore harmonizes a great variety of architectural styles: the naves date from the 15th Century, the bell tower
is medieval, the ceiling is from the Renaissance and the domes are Baroque. Here, one might say, the entire ...
The original project was for two twin churches, but during the construction various necessary modifications were made. The architect, Carlo
Rainaldi, finished the construction of Santa Maria di Montesanto in 1675 and began work on the neighboring Santa Maria ...