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The Religious Centre

The Duomo and the Bapstistry
“ When I feel depression coming on,
I return to Florence to admire Brunelleschi’s dome;
if the genius of man was capable of so much,
then even I can and must try to create, to act, to live." 
- Franco Zeffirelli
 
 
The Cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and called “Duomo” by Florentines, has become a symbol of the city. The reason might be not only the majestic Brunelleschi’s dome, but also the allusion to the lily, the symbol of Florence in the dedication to the Virgin of the Flower. When it was completed in the 15th century Santa Maria del Fiore was the largest church in the world. Nowadays the Cathedral remains the third largest church since St. Peter’s in Rome and St. Paul’s in London had overtook it in size. The tour will discuss the building of Cathedral between the 13th and 14th century under the patronage of the Arte della Lana, the Wool Merchants, the architectural and engeneering mastepiece of Brunelleschi’s Dome and the 19th century new facade by Emilio De Fabris. Inside the church there are many works of art, such as the frescoes by Paolo Uccello and Andrea del Castagno, up to the impressive Last Judgement by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. 
 
Information:
 
Guided visit:
 
Duomo + Baptistry + Belltower 1h
Duomo + Baptistry + Belltower + Opera del Duomo Museum 3h
 
Combined Ticket for Grande Museo del Duomo: 15,00 €
 
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