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
Once again a lovely post from you supported with some fabulous pictures.Just can't have enough of your Europe visit accounts.Look forward to hearing from you soon again.ReplyDelete
The architecture of each building is definitely something to shout about, totally awesome and magnificent! I am as always, impressed! :)ReplyDelete
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Wow, this is trully a beautiful place. The architecture is magnificient. The artwork are true masterpieces of the time and how I love the colourful stained glass designs.ReplyDelete
The intricacy of the dome is really unimaginable. :(ReplyDelete
Wow...the queue to climb the steps? :p Must be mesmerizing right up there?ReplyDelete
The artworks are amazing.ReplyDelete
This place is certainly worth a visit.
wow i love the illustration of the Last Judgement! :)ReplyDelete
463 stairs to climb! phew~I'll surely give this a miss :DReplyDelete
great crispness and details in ur photos!ReplyDelete
Wonder stained glass windows!ReplyDelete
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This is stunning, I been there, These pics bring back great memoriesReplyDelete
Wow! Nice sharp photos of the Duomo!ReplyDelete
I would love to go there and snap lots of pictures!ReplyDelete
Nice art pieces! But too bad not many of them! Still it's worth a visit!ReplyDelete
Oh wow what a work of art are these, just magnificently beautiful and to think that they've been here for years!!ReplyDelete
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Downright amazing. The painting of Dante is surreal, wonderful.ReplyDelete
The Duomo is stunning - old Europe at its finest style in Florence, the most advanced city in its day. The paintings and stained glass offer such bod rubies, divine and sacred at the same time...ReplyDelete
Really nice pics.ReplyDelete
The duomo is great and the pendant, the Baptisteria even more impressive with its doors.ReplyDelete
Florence is a place to enjoy for weeks over and over again.
Wonderful - love seeing the architecture of Florence.ReplyDelete
What a stupendous edifice, and how wonderful that you got to see it (and share it!)ReplyDelete
Excellent photos you got there.ReplyDelete
simply one word - MAGNIFICENT!ReplyDelete
Amazing architecture and art.
Thanks for your visit.
I look at the brick dome and all I can think is, "Man that thing must be HEAVY!" I hope it never falls!ReplyDelete
the church is stunning ... i love them too.ReplyDelete
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Love the stain glass and Murals.ReplyDelete
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Wow, incredible shots inside and out of Il Duomo! Stood in the presence of this building many years ago too. Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)ReplyDelete
Wow, it is absolutely stunning and the architecture is like I've never seen anywhere. Just gorgeous shots.ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots!! Better than postcards!ReplyDelete
Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing. :)ReplyDelete
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Florence is so beautiful. I would love to visit there someday.ReplyDelete
WOW! those are amazing architecture! thanks for sharing :)ReplyDelete
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It was wonderful to go back to Florence a second time and see the Duomo again...magnificent architecture. Now, I've visited it a third, through your blog!ReplyDelete
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Awesome Gothic architecture oh love the stained glass windows.. great shots like them very much. tQ.ReplyDelete
the details are amazing...you captured every single detail very wellReplyDelete