Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Church
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The symbol of the city and its main church, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore is renowned for its huge dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi, one of the foremost architects of the Italian Renaissance. This Gothic structure, begun in 1296 following the design of architect Arnolfo di Cambio, was completed in 1436. The elaborate facade is a 19th-century addition that represents the Gothic Revival style prevalent across Europe at the time. The cathedral complex, which includes a baptistery and a bell tower, is part of a World Heritage site covering the historic center of the city. In the piazza in front of the cathedral, a statue of Brunelleschi looks upwards towards his dome. You can climb the 464 steps to the dome through the entrance on the side of the church, but be prepared for a long line. With our international travel planner, Florence attractions like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Wow what an amazing building! It just dominates the whole square! We didn't go inside as from previous reviews you have to pay for getting inside, climbing the stairs, going right into the dome, so.....  more
    Wow what an amazing building! It just dominates the whole square! We didn't go inside as from previous reviews you have to pay for getting inside, climbing the stairs, going right into the dome, so.....  more »
  • Buy your tickets online and make time to climb the duomo. You get incredible views of the church from above and up close views of the frescoes in the dome. The climb is definitely difficult and steep....  more
    Buy your tickets online and make time to climb the duomo. You get incredible views of the church from above and up close views of the frescoes in the dome. The climb is definitely difficult and steep....  more »
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  • Such an exquisite place to visit. It is like the jewel of the whole thing. Both the exterior and front of the cathedral are very stupendous - colored in offset white marble, with beautiful red, pink and green designs. When you look at such coloring or the styling, it is just to die for.
  • A stunningly beautiful and massive place. Our hotel was only 4-5 minutes walk and each time we passed it I was caught off-guard by just how huge and gorgeous it is. Lovely shops, restaurants, cafes, and a museum surround it, so finding a place to have a cup of coffee and enjoy the vibe and atmosphere around the cathedral is very easy.

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