The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

From Pisa to... Florence.

After leaving the car we walked down some narrow streets and past a market before we entered the Piazza del Duomo. An impressive sight to say the least.

This is the facade of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. It is more famous for the enormous dome - the largest brick dome in the world - but the facade is just astounding. There is a bit of a difference of opinion about whether it's too ornate or not but I find it simply incredible. There are plenty of places for sleek, modern and simple. This is not it.

While the cathedral itself was started 1296, the facade was left basically unfinished until the 19th century. It seems a little odd considering the importance of Florence and this cathedral in particular but, that's the way it was left. It's not like there was a shortage of renaissance artists to work on it. All the big names you can think of, they were there.

I could have spent a month there and not scratched the surface in terms of art, architecture and history. Perhaps, one day, I will get the chance.

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Posted: 2009-11-13 | 18:53





The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

From Pisa to... Florence.

After leaving the car we walked down some narrow streets and past a market before we entered the Piazza del Duomo. An impressive sight to say the least.

This is the facade of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. It is more famous for the enormous dome - the largest brick dome in the world - but the facade is just astounding. There is a bit of a difference of opinion about whether it's too ornate or not but I find it simply incredible. There are plenty of places for sleek, modern and simple. This is not it.

While the cathedral itself was started 1296, the facade was left basically unfinished until the 19th century. It seems a little odd considering the importance of Florence and this cathedral in particular but, that's the way it was left. It's not like there was a shortage of renaissance artists to work on it. All the big names you can think of, they were there.

I could have spent a month there and not scratched the surface in terms of art, architecture and history. Perhaps, one day, I will get the chance.

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Camera: N/A
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Focal Length: 16.959974176888 mm
35mm Focal Length: ? mm
Exposure: 1/400 sec
Aperture: f 4
ISO: 100
Views: 7980
Taken: 2009-05-24 06:25:54
Posted: 2009-11-13 | 18:53