The Churches of Italy
I was lucky enough to cross off Florence from my travel list last year! Peter and I went to Italy and visited Rome
Italy, known for their insane amount of churches and each one of them as beautiful if not more impressive than the last. I was trying to research how many churches there are in Italy but couldn’t find the correct number anywhere.
I did read that there are over 900 churches in Rome! Visually apparent when walking around the city of Rome. There was a church on every corner, and when walking down the streets of Rome we would run into two, three or more. I can’t imagine how many there are in the entire country! If you know the number of churches in Italy, let me know!
Peter and I tried to visit as many churches as we could while in Italy. We didn’t even get close to 50, but I think we must visited and photographed at least 30+. We shot the ceiling of every church we went in, look for the “Church ceilings of Itay” post soon!
The Florence Cathedral
The Florence Cathedral is one of Italy’s largest churches! While standing in front of the San Miniato al Monte (Basilica of St Minias on the Hill) vista point you can truly see how massive this Florence Cathedral is to the rest of the city. Of course we went to the church on the hill, I’ll share photos of the incredible church in another post.
The entire Duomo di Firenze dominates the city view. It’s truly spectacular seeing that the dome remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.
“Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.” – Source
That’s 140 years! It reminds me of when we went the church La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. That church is still under construction and scheduled for completion in 2026 – 2028.
When you walk into the Florence Cathedral, it’s just as huge as you’d expect. The marble work inside and outside is exquisite with the intention to fit 30,000 people!
If you’re in Florence, I highly recommend you take the time to visit this one of a kind church. You’ll be amazed by its architecture, design, grandness, and beauty.
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