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Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore
It’s so called because of the “Lily of Florence” , which has been the blazon of the city since the 11th century.
The cathedral was built between 1296 and 1436, and the façade was renewed in the 19th century.
Listed as a World Heritage Site, its striking beauty is partly due to the polychrome marbles, in various shades of pinks and greens bordered by white.

The bell-tower, the main feature of the photo, is called “Giotto’s campanile”, as the painter Giotto di Bondone was the main architect of its design, even if he was only on the job for 4 years. In all, its construction took place from 1298 to 1359.

A few weeks ago, Carlo posted a photo of this “Campanile” taken in the daytime. I remembered then that I had taken practically the same POV but at night.
And I thought it would make a nice greetings card.
Happy Holiday season to all my friends on TE.

3WS showing some of the Cathedral Façade

PS. The right hand corner might have gained to be cloned (on Gert's suggestion). Unfortunately, I don't know how to clone.
Anyway, it's the roof of the Baptistery , so it's precious isn't it :-)...

Oops, my local mentor, Carlo tells me the right hand corner is not the baptistery, but the roof of "La loggia del Bigallo" another 14th century Gothic work of art. Thanks ever so much Carlo.

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