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Duomo di Monreale

Duomo di Monreale The Cathedral of Monreale is one of the greatest extant examples of Norman architecture in the world. It was begun in 1174 by William II, and in 1182 the church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, was, by a bull of Pope Lucius III, elevated to the rank of a metropolitan cathedral. The church is a national […]

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Climbing Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Duomo in Florence, Italy

Climbing Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Duomo in Florence, Italy Brunelleschi’s dome, covering the Cathedral of Florence, Italy, is the largest masonry dome ever built.  There are 463 steps to climb to the top with no elevators available.  Here is a video of what it is like to climb to the top. JOIN US ON THE […]

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Duomo di Firenze

Duomo di Firenze The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (English, “Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower”) is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is […]

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Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo Florence’s Museo dell’Opera del Duomo  recently reopened to the public after years of restoration and reconstruction. Located on 3 floors of exhibition space, pieces include Loreno Ghiberti’s Gates of Heaven and Michelangelo’s The Florentine Pieta. Other masterpieces of Arnolfo, Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Antonio Pollaiolo and Verrocchio are also housed in this […]

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