Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
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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  • This is one of the most impressive cathedrals that I've have ever seen! You could spend hours just starring and observing every detail it's so enchanting! For the full experience you must go up all...  more »
  • Of course Duomo is the number one in Florence. That’s why everybody visits this beautiful city. It is important to plan your visit and read few tips when and what parts of Duomo you would like to...  more »
  • This cathedral is certainly very impressive and special from the outside. Unfortunately, the inside is quite poor.  more »
  • Great beautiful church. Just within walking distance to the strain station Impressive architecture. The exterior is impressive and well craved. The dome painting is even more breathtaking. Worth the wait. Just go early. U need to wait to go in as they limited the no of person to go in every time.
  • Absolutely Stunning architecture! The church looks marvellous from the outside, the first time you see it just leaves you in awe of this beauty. Worth going to the top of the Duomo, would be a nice workout if you can get on top of the Giotto's tower as well although you get a much better view of the city from the Duomo.
  • This is the best Cathédral in the World. Period. Isn't it? Please comment here and let me know. When you look at this magnificently old Christian build you're spirit is moved from inside, remembering you that you can better than you actually are, always. Thanks Florence for recovering this classic unbelievable beauty, keep doing this! 💪🏻
  • Such a spectacular Cathedral! If you have the time and the knees I highly recommend climbing Brunelleschi's Duomo! Even if you just get to the point overlooking the inside of the cathedral, it is worth it. Make sure you take a moment to look at the Fresco on your way up.
  • The cathedral dome is synonymous with Florence but you must go inside to appreciate the frescoes high up under the dome. Take your time to admire the architecture outside and walk around the cathedral to view the many facets of sculpture that make this renaissance art a masterpiece. An iconic Firenze monument to italian craftsmen ✅💯 highly recommended

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