There are a lot of impressive sights in Florence particularly the architectural designs of the city’s many structures built in the early years. One of which is the exquisite and admirable Florence Cathedral or normally called Il Duomo di Firenze. It is also called the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower). The Gothic style cathedral is the main church in Florence and it’s a major attraction to tourists visiting Florence and Tuscany.
When I first saw it I thought to myself it was the largest and most beautiful cathedral I’d seen. My husband and I were so close that we couldn’t get the entire cathedral in one picture. I admired the shades of pink and green of the marble panels and the sculptures associated with each.
This is the front side of the Florence Cathedral and one of the three bronze doors. The facade is adorned with biblical figures and some Florentine artists.
This the tower of the Cathedral known as Giotto’s Campanile or Giotto’s Bell Tower. It stands around 85 metres high. There are seven bells in the tower, the biggest of which weighs 5385 kg.
When you’re outside Florence Cathedral you will definitely gaze in awe (like the man in the picture). This cathedral is probably visited by thousands of tourists all-year-round. We didn’t get to see what’s inside since we were just passing by Florence at random on our recent summer road trip.
After that brief visit in Florence I fell in love with the city and I said to my husband that we should visit it again. Our love for the city grew deeper after we read the book, Inferno, by Dan Brown. Our next visit there might be to follow its path. Il Duomo di Firenze is at the Piazza del Duomo or Cathedral Square, one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited places.