The Cathedral of Florence is the dominant building in the Florence Cityscape as it towers over all of the other building in the city. The building is a renaissance style Catholic Cathedral, built in the 13th century and is the 4th largest cathedral behind St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Paul’s in London and the Duomo in Milan.
The cathedral is so big that it is difficult to photograph the dome and the bell tower from the street level but the following pictures shows the details of the dome and the bell tower.
The craftsmanship on the outside of the cathedral is truly spectacular. It really is more of a work of art than a structure. From bottom to the top the building is covered with incredible artistic designs. It is so overwhelming that it is hard to take it all in. I caught myself focusing on one area and then I would force myself move on to another section.
The doors on the front were one of the most amazing features of the building. The door itself is covered with religious figure and the casing around the door was flanked with sculptures and a tiled mosaic above the door. The details of just the doors are remarkable.
While everything about the building is phenomenal, the mosaic pictures above the doors are the most impressive to me. These pictures above each door is done so well that it looks like a painting and not a tiled picture.
Scattered around the building are many shields with symbols carved on the front of them. These shields are in lots of places on the building and the photos below provide an example of the designs on the face of the shields.
One of the most prominent features of the cathedral is all of the statues which appear everywhere on the building. Each of these statues are impressive by themselves but there are statues all over the building which makes the building really spectacular.
The Cathedral of Florence is imposing from its size alone but once you take a close up look at the amazing details that literally completely cover the entire building it is truly astonishing.