Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

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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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  • Already be seeing it and cycle through the outside is beautiful. To remove the entry the day that I went and I got the ticket for the next day, included enter, the Museum, go up to the dome and Bell Tower that rises through long stairs. Activity 100% recommendable if you visit Florence and beautiful place, history, unmissable views
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  • Hi everybody, We arrived to Firenze at night, on the way in the taxi to the hotel we saw that incredible place, different from other around,but it was nothing because in the next day while we getting ...  more »
  • We took an early train from Florence and we barely had time to see this masterpiece, tickets are a little confusing because they offer passes for different things, we only paid $5 for the inside of th...  more »
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  • This Cathedral is wonderful! It is a must stop if you are in Florence! In the inside you will admire the famous masterpiece of Brunelleschi, the stunning dome! You will fall in love with everything you will see inside and outside. The ticket for the Cathedral includes even the visit of the Bell Tower and of the Baptistery, so it’s very convenient. If you want to have a full immersion in the art of Florence you can’t miss it!
  • If you are visiting Florence, try to visit this cathedral. It's a giant monument and very hard to miss. There is usually a long queue, so make sure to get here early (09:00). The excavated area under the cathedral is worth checking out as well. You can use the ticket for the catacombs to visit a nearby museum, the bell tower, the Gates of Paradise and the dome (although you need a reservation for the dome). The cathedral itself is wheelchair accessible, the dome is only recommendable if you are able to scale a few hundred steps. There is no elevator.
  • Nice cathedral, the views of this cathedral are amazing. The dome on the top, the marble fitted interiors and few arts exhibits are something to watch for. Nice place of worship. Good arrangements inside the church to accommodate devotees as they come in to offer their prayers. The surroundings outside the church is great. Nice foods and coffee is available.
  • Amazing to see and learn about. We got in through a side door as to language expertise of my wife. When you are inside the main tower, cupola try to find the major cracks in the construction. Go to he next door book store and purchase the technical book about the cathedral. Not too often one get information about 500 years old construction details. And the info that only 250 persons over 2 decades did the work is surprising.
  • Stunning architecture. Very busy and we queue an hour before we could enter but it's worth it. You must buy tickets before online though. The sheer scale is awesome, it is colossal. Beautiful painted inside the dome and underneath you can go down into the foundations and learn about how it has progressed.
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