The Dome

the dome

I’ve showed you part of the amazing Florence Dome a few days ago, but I had to go all the way to Piazzale Michelangelo, away form the medieval center to get a really good look of this incredible building. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower) was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris. Cool fact: Brunelleschi’s Dome was the first one to be completed in history. And since it’s facade is so incredible I’ll give another closer look:

dome facade

 

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