The dome that covers the Florence cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore) is known as Brunelleschi’s dome. When it was designed, it was the largest dome in the world. This immediately created problems as its size prevented the traditional method of construction. Its structure is a double shell supported by sturdy pillars.
The Basilica of San Lorenzo (Basilica of St Lawrence), located in the centre town piazza of the same name, is one of the oldest churches in Florence. Its thousand-year history is tied to the Florentine Christian community. It is also closely connected to the triumphant rise to power of the Medici dynasty, whom author Dan Brown mentions in his latest novel Inferno, and who chose San Lorenzo as its family church.
The Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture, faces a vast piazza of the same name, which was built to complement it.
It is while recalling the various depictions of Dante Alighieri that Robert Langdon, the main character in Dan Brown’s Inferno, thought of the statue of the poet that lies in this piazza.
THE PALE AFTERNOON sun dipped low over the Piazza del Duomo, glinting off the white tiles of Giotto’s bell tower and casting long shadows across Florence’s magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
(Dan Brown, Inferno)
The Florence Cathedral (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) is the result of Filippo Brunelleschi’s highest expression of architectural vision. Its dome is characteristic of a bold architectural design, and its achievement required great effort.
The first news we have about the church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi in Florence dates back to 1032.
The Gates of Paradise is the main gate of the Baptistry of Florence (Battistero di San Giovanni), located in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. It is a masterpiece of the Florentine Renaissance and one of the most famous works of art in the world.
According to The Lives of the Artist by Giorgio Vasari, the door—once known just as the East Door—was named the Gates of Paradise by Michelangelo Buonarroti because of its striking beauty.
The origins of the Baptistry of Florence (Battistero di San Giovanni) are in part mysterious.
We know for sure that in that place in 1059 a building with the same structure was consecrated.
The Badia Fiorentina is a church and abbey located in the heart of the old city of Florence, in front of the ancient prison of the Bargello.
Badia in ancient Italian meant abbey, and Fiorentina just means Florentine.