Intricate design of the Duomo

The largest brick dome ever constructed can be found on the famous Florence cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and is a work of the 14th century Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi.

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The intricate frescoes that ornate its interior were painted by Giorgio Vasari and Frederico Zuccari between 1572 and 1579.

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Intricate is today’s photo challenge theme.

 

 

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88 Comments on “Intricate design of the Duomo

      • I have. I think I was 23 or something – I remember it being very difficult to see the cathedral really. Crammed streets and houses everywhere. But beautiful. I would really love to come back to see it as a grown up person. Your photos are delightfully shot.

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        • πŸ™‚ I know what you mean – I saw some cities when I was hardly 20 and would really like to go back. I imagine that Florence as so many other places are a lot more touristy now – the crowds running in all directions really impact the experience. Thank you, Leya for speaking favourably of my shots πŸ™‚

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  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! You should have had a proper zoom lens, so we could have seen all the details in that painting. It must have taken forever to paint that stuff. Lovely post Paula.

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    • True – it is a marvel and I hope that they will continue to preserve it well. With increasing visits and masses of tourists climbing it, it will get more and more difficult, but I am not surprised that everyone wants to see it. Thank you for your visit and comment Linda. It is always a joy to see you here. Are you well?

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    • Visiting Italy and skipping Florence would be a sin, though I can remember quite a few places where I felt more at ease. I will look for your Florence posts Juls. Merci ma chere.

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      • Oh you won’t find posts about Florence on the blog just yet, that first visit was loooong ago, when I didn’t write about travels yet πŸ˜‰
        As soon as I go back, there will be!

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  3. I love thebeautiful warm lightin these photos. It really brings out the inticacies

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    • Around sunset this side of the town is usually bathing in a golden light – the only drawback are the masses of tourists and locals on this panoramic spot which makes it almost impossible to find a spot where to shoot from.

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      • You must get hordes of tourists over there. We get them here but not in the thousands unless its a music festival or something. I love seeing photos of your part of the world – I don’t think I’ll ever get there.

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        • Luckily for me, my town is well-visited but not crowded, but where I grew up at the coast in Dubrovnik it gets really impossible in summer. We even have pedestrian traffic police regulating traffic within the city walls.

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          • That’s incredible. Glad I’m not there. Must be a wonderful city to see though.

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            • It was pretty cool to grow up there. It’s a pity that most tourists remember the awful crowds and heat and impertinent waiters – you know the kind that are almost grabbing you by the arm to show you to the place where to eat, but that you can find in any touristic place in Europe not just along our coast.

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              • Those waiters sound awful. Over here we tend to get the laconic ones that act like you arecausing them a problem by wanting service πŸ™‚

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  5. Very impressive and fascinating – cities seen from a bit above mostly seems Intricate – very well captured… πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Jeff πŸ™‚ It’s not at all easy to find one’s spot at this viewpoint to take a picture. People are gathering hours before and wait for sunset.

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  7. They certainly knew what they were doing back then didn’t they . . . the detail in your beautiful shots is so inviting.

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  8. That is such an impressive shot of the dome ~ incredible. One day, I hope, I too will be able to see these sights for myself. Great post.

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  9. Nice choice for the word intricate – and seems like you have been all around the entire boot of Italy – and I heard that Forbes ranked Florence as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

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      • never to anywhere in Italy – and it is next on our list – which might be next spring – still deciding – you know – so many things to consider

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    • Thanks, Lor. In terms of architecture it must be the most beautiful place in this part of Earth.

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    • I guess it is getting more crowded every day. I hardly managed to find a standing spot at this viewpoint.

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  10. Isn’t it fabulous? I had Florence planned for this year, but I don’t see how it’s going to happen now 😦 Just, maybe, in November… but very unlikely.

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  11. Buildings like these were these people’s life’s work. Everything they had went into the design and erection of these edifices.

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