Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Italy Trip #22- Florence: Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers

front of the Cathedral
Welcome to the 22nd blog of our Italy tour. This blog looks at  the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flowers.

WHAT IS THE CATHEDRAL OF FLORENCE? - The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, translated in English means "Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers." It's also called "Il Duomo di Firenze." It is the main church of Florence and and one of the largest churches in the country. Construction started in 1296. It was built in the Gothic style with the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. (We'll look at the dome in the next blog).
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers

Tom at the side of the Cathedral
THE MARBLE EXTERIOR - has "polychrome marble panels" in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris.
Inside the Cathedral

WHERE IS IT? - The cathedral complex which includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile.is located in Piazza del Duomo. These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the center of Florence.
Tom hamming it up in the cathedral

A partial side view of the cathedral - it was too big to get all of it!
HOW BIG IS IT? - The dimensions of the building are enormous: building area 8,300 square meters (89,340 square feet), length 153 meters (502 feet), width 38 meters (125 feet), width at the crossing 90 meters (300 feet). The height of the arches in the aisles is 23 meters (75 feet). The height of the dome is 114.5 meters (375.7 feet). As you climb up to the top of the dome, and we'll show you views from that adventure, you'll get a good feel for the size of this mammoth structure.

NEXT:  4 Fun Facts About Brunelleschi's Dome

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next