Facade of Florence Duomo

Sixteen days in Italy and I feel blessed to have been able to visit twenty two churches (big and small) there. The memories that I have brought back from there is immensely sweet and my photographs transport me back virtually to the same place, same date and time every time I see them.

At Florence too I visited a couple of them and the most impressive façade I got to see was here, at the Florence Duomo. The first stone facade of Florence Duomo was laid in Sept 1296. Over the years the façade has undergone modifications and renovations, the last one was done in 1863. The façade was reclad with a decorative mix of green, white and pink marble. The intricate patterns and designs with the different colors command attention. Sharing with you a few of the shots here.

It is said that Italian builders exhibited little concern for the facades of their churches, and dozens remain unfinished to this day. One reason for this may be that the facades were not conceived as integral parts of the structures, but rather as screens that could be added to the fabric at any time.

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32 Responses

  1. Kaori says:

    What lovely architecture! The details are amazing…it must of been some trip 😀

  2. arabesque says:

    that's one of my wish list definitely, to go visit florence and see this structure. ^0^
    its details are so intricate and baffling at the same time.
    and these shots are just perfect!

  3. Beautifully captured. Marvellous architecture. 16 day in Italy, Well… you must have had a ball.

  4. YOSEE says:

    wonderful pictures of a wonderful building.

  5. Pietro says:

    Indrani, the façade of Florence Duomo is splendid and your pictures are very nice, with great details. You visited 22 churches in Italy: what a beautiful trip!

  6. Carver says:

    The church is so beautiful. I like the way you showed both the full facade and the details.

  7. ladyfi says:

    Oh wow – so much beauty! Your photos are a delight!

  8. That is some added screen. People had time cak then.

  9. Wow… That sounds like a fantastic trip.. U must have enjoyed greatly!!!

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  10. Hilary says:

    Wow.. 22 churches. Such amazing architecture. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. ewok1993 says:

    22 churches – wow!!!

    16 days in Italy – super wow!!!

  12. You did quite a bit of travelling Indrani! Another lovely post, thanks for sharing.

  13. Sylvia K says:

    Your photos are so superb, Indrani! They truly take my breath away! What a wonderful trip you had and you'll be able to revisit every time you look at your photos! Have a beautiful week!


  14. Amazing architecture. Great pics.


  15. Goodness! So very beautiful!

  16. George says:

    This is a beautiful structure. I really like the different colored marble that was used in the facade. Thank you so much for your beautiful pictures of the magnificent structure.

  17. wow, jaw-dropping details! imagine these were all crafted by hand–truly amazing!

  18. Lakshmi says:

    beautiful detailing..still in yr italian hangover ? travelling anywhere this year ?

  19. Ebie says:

    You are a very well traveled lady. You know how to make use of your time. Love those intricate details.

  20. Francisca says:

    Simply glorious, Indrani.

  21. Reader Wil says:

    This architecture is so much more intricate then that of our age. I have never been to Florence, but if I have the time and condition to do so, I will certainly do so. Thank you for this post and the beautiful photos.

  22. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, your photos of the churches are beautiful. You have must have had a wonderful time visiting all these churches and Florence.

  23. Dani says:

    This is great post. Thank you this lovely photos and information.
    It must be a great trip/stay in Italy.


  24. i love Florence. there's so much history and beauty in it.

  25. Randi says:

    Great captures of the beautiful facades!

  26. Joop Zand says:

    A nice church, and superb pictures.
    really nice Indrani.

    greetings, Joop

  27. Trotter says:

    Hi Indrani! The Duomo, the Campanile and the Baptistry are absolutely stunning… And your pictures show why…

    After four posts, Blogtrotter Two is leaving Algiers 2009… Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

  28. pietrzyk says:

    Beautiful architecture,good pictures.Greetings Andrzej.

  29. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful carvings and architecture.

  30. Anu says:

    I have run out of words to appreciate the beauty of these monuments, both outside and inside!

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