The Cathedral in Florence

The first stone of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was laid in 1296 and the building was finally consecrated in 1436. The complex of Cathedral (with Brunelleschi’s Dome), Baptistry (11C-12C), and Giotto’s 14C Bell Tower dominates the centre of the City and is perhaps even more startling  at night time.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria de Fiore in Florence

The Cathedral of Santa Maria de Fiore in Florence

The 19C bronze doors on the main facade of the Cathedral

The 19C bronze doors on the main facade of the Cathedral

The marble floor of the Cathedral in Florence

The marble floor of the Cathedral in Florence

The interior of the Cathedral in Florence

The interior of the Cathedral in Florence

At night the buildings are quite magical.

The Baptistry, built in the 11C-12C

The Baptistry, built in the 11C-12C

The Cathedral in Florence

The Cathedral in Florence

The Cathedral in Florence

The Cathedral in Florence

Giotto's 14C Bell Tower, the Cathedral in Florence

Giotto’s 14C Bell Tower, the Cathedral in Florence

In the evening we sat on the hotel balcony with this sight before us..

The Cathedral in Florence

The Cathedral in Florence