Duomo di Firenze: A Pride of Florentine Architecture

Florence Friday is here once again! Last week we took a look at the Florentine cityscape. This week we are examining one of the most beautiful church façades in all of Italy, the Duomo di Firenze. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower as it is called now, is the largest church in Florence. This wondrous structure pays homage to the gothic style of early Germanic and French Cathedrals, though it has the artistic personality of the Florentines through the Renaissance.

Construction of the Duomo began in 1296. The first legate from the Papal State to be sent to Florence, Cardinal Valeriana, laid the first brick. The façade wasn’t completed until almost 600 years later in 1887; however, a section of the dome remains unfinished to this day.

The Piazza del Duomo thrives during the spring and summer months. Tourists from all over the world gather to admire the artistic brilliance and religious symbolism that the Cathedral represents. When in Florence, the Duomo di Firenze is a must see!

The facade of the Duomo di Firenze. Photograph by Ryan Shields

The facade of the Duomo di Firenze. Photograph by Ryan Shields

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