Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Cathedral of Florence

The Cathedral of Florence is dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore. It is the fruit of the commitment of a large number of artists who worked on it over a period of centuries. 

At the end of the 13th century, Florence, then a Commune, was already flourishing and the build up area had spread considerably. 

What amazes the visitor is undoubtedly the facade, which was designed by Emilio de Fabris. It depicts various events from the life of the Virgin Mary and of numerous local Saints from Florence. It is fair to say that the Cathedral's exterior is more majestic than its interior, however, the dome is enchanting. 

The interior is very spacious, both in height and width, following the dictates of Italian Gothic architecture.   

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