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Florence Duomo - the interior

By Saturday, August 10, 2013 , , ,

I posted about the exterior of the Florence Duomo earlier, but I wanted to make a separate post for the interior. When I first entered, I was surprised by how empty it felt. Unlike other cathedrals like the Cologne Dom and the Milan Duomo, the walks weren't covered in stained glass windows or art. In fact in some places you could see the outline on the wall of where something was removed. I read a plaque in the duomo saying that the reason it was so bare was to create a feeling of austerity and humility in the presence of god, rather that the wealth and luxery of the church, however there is also a museum of the art of the Duomo, so I suspect they took some of it out so they could charge you to see it.

24 hour Clock by Paolo Uccello

While the rest of the inside of the Duomo is a little drab in browns and greys, the dome itself almost glows.

The dome was Commissioned by Cosimo I de' Medici, depicts The Last Judgment and is attributed to Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari, however there were also numerous other collaborators, many of whom I bet don't get the credit they deserve.

My favorite part at the people at the top, who look like they have their legs hanging over the edge.

It was pretty tough trying to get a good photo of the whole thing. The window in the center was so bright my camera was detecting the light from that when it set the shutter speed and underexpose everything else. In the end I had to venture out of the safe and comfy world of 'automatic' and extend the shutter speed myself. But then of course I can't stand still and they were all blurry. Eventually I set it on one of the stone walls that divides the Aisle from the Apse (I think that's what it's called) pointing up and left it there until the image had been taken. Which meant I had a lot of photos like the one below, where I sort of missed.

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  1. I love what you've done - as a blog and as a life choice (moving to Germany and living as an expat). Inside I am in awe and simultaneously so jealous that my face is red. ;)
    This post is beautiful - the photos are such a lovely way to bring Duomo home for the rest of us. Thank you for doing it.

    Happy Sharefest.

    Heather @ ExaltedPeacock.com

    1. Wow, thank you for this! There have been some really tough times in the last year and a half for me living here, and sometimes I doubt whether I made the right choice moving, but hearing supportive messages like this really helps! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. I LOVE this! I love Florence and the Duomo is, I think, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. I could sit and stare at that facade forever. And yes, the contrast from the outside to the inside is a bit shocking - I part of it too is from the damage from the 1966 flood in Florence. Lovely post. (visiting from SITS)

    1. Oh, I didn't even think of the flood! Now that you mention it, I do remember reading somewhere that some of the art is still being restored! I guess I'll have to go back in a few years and see if it's changed ;)

  3. Beautiful photos. I loved loved Florence and the Duomo was one of the highlights. I cheer your decision to try the expat life as well, and to fully enjoy the experience. I made a similar decision, albeit not a permanent one, to leave my job and move from the sunny Caribbean to London to go back to school. Never regretted it. So enjoy! Visiting from #SITSSharefest