Friday, March 29, 2013

Mediterranean Cruise~Florence Cathedral, Italy~Part 12

I have not finished sharing the Mediterranean Cruise we went on in 2011, I am attempting to continue on with a few more posts. One day I hope to select each of the posts and print a book. Here is a list of the previous posts if you have interest in catching up to this post ~



A view of the scenery as we head to Florence.

One of the most famous cities in Europe, Florence! We are headed to Florence upon leaving Pisa. Beautiful scenery all around the Tuscan region of Italy. Before I knew it we were parking. Looking straight ahead of me, I was overwhelmed. I believe my mouth literally fell open in awe. Looking ahead as we were walking I saw the biggest church I think I have ever seen. But, that was not all, there were several buildings that were mammoth. It suddenly was like we were entering a different world, a whole different city within a city... or so it seemed. 

The use of my camera went crazy here. So far, using my telephoto lens had been working just fine, but how I wished I had brought my other lens this day. There was no way I could accomplish taking a picture and getting one whole building in one shot. Absolutely, no way. I had to settle for many shots at different areas and angles. 

We were in Florence. 

Here are some of the photos I took of the

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

In English it means, the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower. 



In 1929 the construction of the Duomo, as it is usually called, began. 

The catedral complex (3 main buildings) is located in the Piazza del Duomo. This is the right side of the building.


The basilica is one of the Italy's largest churches and the dome is the largest brick dome ever constructed.


A shot of the tops of the buildings.


The left side of the church which includes the main entrance.


Although a crooked, this is the top of this left side of the church.


 A closer view of the main entry into the church. You see the enormous size of the doors in comparison to the people standing in front.


A bit of the architecture, close up.


The next section below the last photo of the architecture.


A close up of the main portal of the church. The doors are amazing.


More architecture and beauty of the church.


One last shot, at a different angle.

I have several more photos, to many to share. I hope you were able to get an idea of size of this marvelous building. It truly is amazing beyond words.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 




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