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Signoria Square with Old Palace
Foto Firenze: Signoria Square with Old Palace
Old Palace originally called Palazzo of the Signoria, from which the square's name, was built in the 13th-15Ith centuries and it was the hearth of political Florentine life. The tower named "of Arnolfo" embodies in its structure the old Foraboschi tower. In one of its rooms, the "Albergaccio" hall [Bad hotel] Cosimo the Old (in 1433) and Friar Girolamo Savanarola (in 1498) were imprisoned. In close-up the "Rape of Sabins" a sculpture by the Flemish sculptor Giambologna, currently housed in The Loggia of Lanzi.
Florence Dome and Baptistery
Foto Firenze: Florence Dome and Baptistery
The St. Mary of the Flower Cathedral or Florence Dome, is a gothic church designed by Arnolfo del Cambio. The bell tower is 85 mts. high and was projected by Giotto. Filippo Brunelleschi built the distinctive dome. In close-up you can see the Baptistery dedicated to St. John Baptist (patron of Florence), that was built on roman ruins. Noteworthy are its three gilded bronze doors, in particular the eastern door, called Paradise Door, created by Gilberti, representing Old Testament scenes.
St. Mary Novella Basilica
Foto Firenze: St. Mary Novella Basilica
It was built by the Dominican Order between 1279 and 1357. The adjective "Novella", meaning new church, refers to the fact that it was built on the place of an already existing oratory, called St. Mary of the vineyards. The church complex includes a convent with three monumental cloisters.
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