Florence – Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore – Exterior

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (St. Mary of the Flower) is one of Florence’s most dominant attractions.  

Santa Maria del Fiore Facade

Santa Maria del Fiore Facade

The cathedral was begun at the end of the 13th century by Arnolfo di Cambio, and the dome, which dominates the exterior, was added in the 15th century on a design of Filippo Brunelleschi.

Santa Maria del Fiore Dome

Santa Maria del Fiore Dome

A statue to each of these important architects can be found outside to the right of the cathedral, both admiring their work for the rest of eternity.

Arnolfo di Cambio and Filippo Brunelleschi

Arnolfo di Cambio and Filippo Brunelleschi

Can you imagine it took two centuries for the cathedral to be deemed finished? 

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The church was consecrated as soon as the dome was in place although the façade (front of the church) was only half finished by then. It was just decoration, and thus remained unfinished up until the 19th century.   https://www.visitflorence.com/florence-churches/duomo.html

The cathedral was finished with three colors of marble, white, red, and green, to produce the striking appearance.  The details are amazing.


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And this is only the outside!  Next post will take you inside.

Mark

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2 Comments

  1. Karen November 29, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    This is amazing. It rained so hard when we were there, we found a North Face store and purchased new rain jackets!! The detail, the color, and the inside: The Climb 🙂
    wonderful images!

    • mfyancey November 29, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      We did have pretty nice weather in Florence. However, two days later in Siena, it rained. Really rained. I was glad to have my North Face rain jacket. Worked well and was quite comfortable. I just tucked the camera inside, zipped it up and kept going. Pics from Siena coming in a few days.

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