Monday, 6 October 2008

A week in Florence: Day 5 - the dome of the basilica

Dating from August 1993.

La Cupola del Brunelleschi
The Dome by Brunelleschi

Bruneslleschi won a competition in 1419 to design a dome and cupola for the cathedral. It took 16 years to build, and its distinctive double-walled octagonal shape allowed it to be built without scaffolding from the ground. It contains over 4 million bricks and weigh 37,000 tons.Reblog this post [with Zemanta]


  1. I'm so enjoying this series. Brings back memories of a lot of years ago. I only had the one visit. It would be so good to back again.

  2. I used to design books for an international co. and bought this photo for one of their guidebook covers. When my husband and I honeymooned in Italy we were sad to see that the sky was missing this bright blue and instead very gray and hazy. Nonetheless, Florence was amazing.

  3. @jakill, I hope you do have a chance to return. I would love to as well, but there are so many new places to see too....
    @MBL, it is!
    @Frogs etc, what a shame about the clouds. We were very lucky in that respect - it was glorious. As you say though, Florence remains amazing whatever the weather.


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