The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Basilica of St. Mary of the Flower), commonly referred to as the Duomo, is the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Florence, Italy.  Construction of the Gothic structure was begun in 1296 but the Gothic Revival facade was not completed until the 19t century.  The Duomo boasts the world’s largest brick dome and three bronze doors depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary.  Just below the rose window in the center of the facade are sculptures of the twelve apostles with a sculpture of the Madonna with Child in the center.  The Baptistery and the Campanile stand nearby.

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

SOURCE:  The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence, Tuscany, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 August 2011.

Center Bronze Door of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Center Bronze Door of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

SOURCE:  Center Bronze Door of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence, Tuscany, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 August 2011.

Detail of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

Detail of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

SOURCE:  Detail of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence, Tuscany, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 August 2011.

Giotto's Campanile

Giotto’s Campanile

SOURCE:  Giotto’s Campanile (Florence, Tuscany, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 August 2011.

The Duomo, the Baptistry, and the Campanile

The Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Campanile

SOURCE:  The Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Campanile (Florence, Tuscany, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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