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Old October 27th, 2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Florence, Italy

Today a provincial city with a population of 371,000 dependent on tourism, Florence was one of the largest and wealthiest cities of western civilization in 15th and 16th centuries and the most important center of renaissance art and culture. The Medici metropolis is paradise for anyone interested in art history, you can find overwhelming art and architecture of highest importance at virtually every corner in the old town. Florence´s architectural heritage and its art collections can compete with cities like Paris or London.
Last month I had the opportunity to spend four days in this breathtaking city and will present some of my pictures in this thread.

Here´s the first part of my pictures:

The cathedral in the morning:



Details of Lorenzo Ghiberti´s bronze reliefs at the door of the cathedral´s baptistery, early 15th century:







Andrea Pisano´s bronze reliefs, 1330, one of the earliest masterpieces of renaissance art:



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San Miniato al Monte, 11th century, probably the most beautiful example of the so called "Tuscan proto renaissance" which anticipated many characteristic attributes of renaissance architecture already in romanesque times and later influenced early renaissance architecture:







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14th century frescoes in San Miniato al Monte:







Renaissance chapel in San Miniato al Monte, mid-15th century:

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Loggia dei Lanzi, late 14th century:





Benvenuto Cellini´s "Perseus with the head of Medusa", around 1550:



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Santa Maria Novella, 13th/14th centuries, with its famous 15th century renaissance facade by Leon Battista Alberti:







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Santa Maria Maggiore, 13th/14th centuries:

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View to the cathedral (13th-15th centuries) and the baptistery (11th century, another masterpiece of Tuscan proto renaissance):





Campanile, 14th century, designed by Giotto di Bondone:







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Details of the cathedral´s facade:





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Keep these amazing stuffs coming, i'll try to visit this city in the future.
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I was there in may, it was wonderful. I have a lot of pics too, maybe I'll post them here one day. The only criticism I would make is that there are really too many places where photos are forbidden.
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Thank you!

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The only criticism I would make is that there are really too many places where photos are forbidden.
True. I couldn´t understand how it is forbidden to take pictures in so many places even without flash.

Part II of my pictures:

More details of the cathedral´s facade:











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Palazzo del Bargello, 13th/14th century:





Terracotta relief by Andre della Robbia, 15th century:





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Palazzo Strozzi, 1489-1539, probably designed by Giuliano da Sangallo, perhaps the most beautiful Florentine renaissance palace:



View to Palazzo Vecchio, 14th century:

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Santa Croce, 13th/14th century (facade mostly 19th century):







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Donatello´s Annunciation in Santa Croce, 1435, a masterpiece of early renaissance art:

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