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Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style with the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.[1] The exterior of the basilica is faced with 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.
The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile.
The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches, and until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.
The decoration of the exterior of the cathedral, begun in the 14th century, was not completed until 1887, when the polychrome marble façade was completed with the design of Emilio De Fabris. The floor of the church was relaid in marble tiles in the 16th century.

The exterior walls are faced in alternate vertical and horizontal bands of polychrome marble from Carrara (white), Prato (green), Siena (red), Lavenza and a few other places. These marble bands had to repeat the already existing bands on the walls of the earlier adjacent baptistery the Battistero di San Giovanni and Giotto's Bell Tower.
The dimensions of the building are enormous: building area 8,300 square metres , length 153 metres , width 38 metres , width at the crossing 90 metres . The height of the arches in the aisles is 23 metres . The height of the dome is 114.5 metres .

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  • Copyright: federico ce (federico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 657] (5779)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2017-01-23
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposition: f/2, 1/28 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2017-05-08 14:55
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