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Florence - October 2007

If you only see one site in Florence, it must be the Cathedral or 'Duomo' and the bell tower or 'Campanile'.
The first stone was laid in 1296 and took over 170 years to complete.
The facade is made from three colours of marble, White from Carrara, Green from Prato, and Red from Sienna.

The double walled dome was designed later in 1420 by Filippo Brunelleschi and finished some years later with the octagonal lantern. To reach the lantern, you climb between the space between the outer and inner dome.
These photos were taken from the top of Giotto's Campanile which stands next to the Duomo.
The photo on the right is a montage of three photos taken in the late after noon.
Florence - Duomo Panarama
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Florence - Duomo and Campanile

Florence - Duomo Lantern

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Florence - Cathederal
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Very early the next day we climbed the 463 steps inside the dome to the lantern and looked out over the rooftops of Florence.
From here you can see the whole of the Giotto's Campanile, which we climbed yesterday, and from where I took photos of the dome.
   
Florence - Campanile

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Florence - Campanile
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Florence - Duomo Lantern Florence - Judgment Day
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Florence - Duomo lantern

The inside of the dome is painted with frescos by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, depicting 'The Last Judgment'. Hell is at the base, where all sorts of depraved thing are going on. There are men having burning stakes shoved up their bottoms! The you rise higher and higher, until you reach heaven, and the inside of the lantern.

Outside the lantern is carved in white Carrera marble buttresses. Sadly there is quite a lot of graffiti. But the view was fantastic!

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