See the review on the Cathedral itself. The interior is glorious with it's gold leaf mosaics. A fascinating construction.
Months later, I still remember the stunning golden mosaic Byzantine dome. At the center was Christ with outstretched arms, raising the dead at his feet in the Last Judgment. It's quite powerful. Above the altar is a choir of angels. It's small inside and doesn't take long to see. Don't forget to look at the carved Roman sarcophagi - stunning!... More
A MUST-SEE!!! The Duomo museum, the actual Duomo and the Baptistry are all right there togther... and you CAN'T come to Florence and not see the three!! Allow 2-4 hours for all 3... depending on how much history you want to read about in the museum.
I believe that you could travel through Italy and visit several churches a day and after months of travel not see them all. The question then becomes which ones to see if you don't have months or the desire to see them all. Apostles remains are at some. Great works of art are at many. Florence is the birth place... More
You have to buy a ticket to go inside. There is an amazing mosaic ceiling but this is not a site I'd recommend as a must see. If you have the time and the interest, it comes as part of a combo ticket with the Duomo museum
I have to place this near the top of my list for things to see in Florence (with the Michelangelo library next to the Medici Chapels). One of the oldest buildings in Florence. Take the time to read about it and study the symbolism (like the reason it is octagonal). Beautiful inside. Much more striking than the Duomo itself. Make... More
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