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When we went to Florence last June, the main memory I had from our last quick visit there in 1983 was the climb we did to the top of the Duomo’s cupola.
We would have liked to renew the experience this time, but we were told there was a week’s waiting list (!) So as we like climbing, we climbed up the Campanile, and the Belfry tower of the Palazzo Vecchio instead :-)
I still had my mind on this Cupola though, and whenever I had a chance, I took pictures of it on all angles.
The dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and is the largest cupola in masonry ever built, from 1420 to 1436, more than 100 years after the beginning of the cathedral’s construction.
It’s a model of beauty and competence that leaves us aghast centuries later .

On the side, you can see part of the cathedral's main body.

WS3 : 1983
WS2 : Zoom on lucky visitors on top of the Cupola.
WS1 : General view of the Cathedral seen from the Belfry Tower of Palazzo Vecchio

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