The Cathedral we see today is the result of hundreds of years of work. The first stone of the facade was laid on September 8, 1296, under the direction of Arnolfo di Cambio who, in the same period, oversaw the construction of Santa Croce and Palazzo delIa Signoria. Arnolfo's design was subjected to numerous modifications. The last part of Santa Maria del Fiore to be finished was the facade, done between 1871 and 1887 to Emilio De Fabris' design, in a neo-gothic style reminiscent of the gothic decoration of Giotto's Bell Tower, to the right here, and the side portals of the Cathedral.
November 10, 2011
*** We're in Napa Valley, California for a long weekend... I apologize for not replying or commenting but hope to be able to catch up next week! Have a wonderful weekend!
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