Duomo di Firenze

The church of “Santa Maria del Fiore” in Florence (better known as the Duomo) was the result of an architectural project designed by Arnolfo di Cambio, begun in 1296. The dome of the Duomo is the work of Brunelleschi while the façade was completed in the late XVII century. The dome of the Duomo (Octagonal, 46 meters in diameter at the base, 114.5 meters high) was constructed without the use of supports to support the arches.

The interior of the church is a must-see spectacle with beautiful frescoes, sculptures and marble flooring. The paintings on the dome of the Duomo form the largest mural with a sacred subject. A surface of about 3600 square meters of paintings executed at a height of up to 90 meters. Artists who have contributed to embellishing the church of the Florence Cathedral are innumerable and belong to different centuries. Among the many we can mention Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Castagno, Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. Among the many names that participated in the project there were Giotto, Andrea Pisano and Talenti.

 

The outer coating consists of Carrara white marbles, Siena red marbles and green marbles of Prato; The lantern at the top of the dome was erected in 1461 and the facade was completed in 1886. It is worth remembering that few steps away from the church of “Santa Maria del Fiore” you can also find the Baptistery and the bell tower of Giotto.