When in Florence, it will be hard to miss the Duomo which seems to dominate the skyline in every direction. It is incredibly huge and it is visible from the moment you leave the train station. With its imposing Gothic architecture and its amazing structures, I was awestruck by the glorious sight of the cathedral.
The facade of the Duomo is covered with intricate carvings, exquisite statues and inlaid marbles.
I love the fact that the enormous red brick dome can be seen in every nook and corner of the city. It's a great reference point if you get lost. Even though part of the building was still undergoing restoration when we visited, the sheer beauty of the cathedral was something to behold.
We didn't have to wait in line to get inside the cathedral, but the queue to climb up the stairs to the Dome was extremely long. We didn't go to the top as there are 463 stairs to climb and having had my fair share of climbing experience at the Vatican City, I thought I'll give this one a miss. It feels like climbing endless stairways when you see upward.
The interior of the Duomo is a vast space with high arches and contains only a few works of art. In comparison to the extraordinary exterior, the interior is a real let down. I was told that most of the art has been transferred to the Duomo museum, leaving behind an empty impression. The good thing is there's no admission fee to enter the cathedral.
There are a few notable art pieces to see though and here are a few shots that I took.
One of the many stained glass windows
Dante and his Divine Comedy by Domenico di Michelino
Vasari’s illustration of the Last Judgement under the dome
Christ Crowning Mary As Queen