Florence, the sites
Jeff and Sueann overlooking Florence
Web photo of the Piazza Signoria
The Palazzo Vecchio in the Piazza Signoria
Palazzo Vecchio detail
Hercules and Cacus
Web photo of the interior of the Vasari Corridor
In 1564 Cosimo Medici, Duke of Florence from 1537 to 1574, ordered the construction of a discrete passage
from his residence, the Palazzo Pitti, across the river Arno to the Palazzo Vecchio. The Vasari Corridor
crossed the Arno as a new top level of the Ponte Vecchio. You can see the Vasari Corridor
in the previous photo, starting from the right front of the photo and extending across the top
of the Ponte Vecchio.
The Duomo, Santa Maria del Fiore
The first stone of the Duomo was laid in 1296. The nave was completed in 1334 and the dome in 1418.
Web photo of the dome of the Duomo, designed and constructed by Filippo Brunelleschi (1377 - 1446)
The Bapistry in front of the Duomo
The Campanile designed by the famous painter Giotto (Giotto di Bondone 1267–1337)
The tower is 277.9 feet high
Bapistry Bronze Door, The Gates of Paradise
The east doors of the Bapistry are bronze doors called "the Gates of Paradise". This name is
attributed to Michelangelo who said "they are so magnificent they could adorn the gates of paradise."
Web photo of the Gates of Paradise panel: Esau and Jacob
Look at the beauty of this panel and also notice the feeling of depth that it affords
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