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Firenze. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
09-MAR-2012

Firenze. Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral church of Florence. The Duomo, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio 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 fašade by Emilio De Fabris.
Santa Maria del Fiore was built on the site of an earlier cathedral dedicated to Saint Reparata. The ancient building, founded in the early 5th century and having undergone many repairs, was crumbling with age, as attested in the 14th century Nuova Cronica of Giovanni Villani,[2] and was no longer large enough to serve the growing population of the city. Other major Tuscan cities had undertaken ambitious reconstructions of their cathedrals during the Late Medieval period, as seen at Pisa and particularly Siena where the enormous proposed extensions were never completed.
The new church was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and approved by city council in 1294. Arnolfo di Cambio was also architect of the church of Santa Croce and the Palazzo Vecchio. He designed three wide naves ending under the octagonal dome, with the middle nave covering the area of Santa Reparata. The first stone was laid on September 9, 1296 by Cardinal Valeriana, the first papal legate ever sent to Florence. The building of this vast project was to last 170 years.

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Barbara Read and Fred Schaad26-Apr-2012 13:51
A magnificent cathedral.
Mildred Alpern26-Apr-2012 11:38
A gorgeous church with its pink and green colors and its fabulous architecture. I miss it close and personal
marko gregoric26-Apr-2012 10:45
Superb capture. V
Yvonne26-Apr-2012 10:19
What a magnificent edifice this remarkable cathedral is, fab story & superbly captured! v
John Hamers26-Apr-2012 10:14
Fantastic architecture with great details !! beautifully captured ! V
Lennart Waara26-Apr-2012 08:40
Great photo with excellent soft grey tones and an elegant POV!
Martin Lamoon26-Apr-2012 07:55
A great building, like the way you have managed to capture the tower as well. V
Stephanie26-Apr-2012 07:26
Such beautiful details! :))
Colin Dixon26-Apr-2012 07:17
A beautiful building well captured :)
Tom LeRoy26-Apr-2012 06:31
A beautiful and ornate Basilica, fine capture, Jose! V
Robin Reid26-Apr-2012 06:24
Impressive building. I've seen it but did not have a strong memory (40 years ago)
John Reynolds26-Apr-2012 04:54
Well captured, Jose. V.
Bryan Murahashi26-Apr-2012 03:51
Wonderful patterns in this facade. Nicely photographed. V
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