A final set of images based around Florence’s many magnificent churches.

Baptistry

The ceiling of the Baptistery [43 46 24 N, 11 15 18 E].  All (Catholic) Florentines were baptised in this building up until the end of the 19th century.

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View of the cathedral (the Duomo) with the Baptistery in front.

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The magnificent frescos of the Last Judgement on the ceiling of the dome. They took 11 years to complete! Note the trompe l’oeil at the centre.

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Climbing up between the inner and outer domes – a remarkable piece of engineering by any standards, and extraordinary for the early 15th century.

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Views over Florence from the viewing gallery at the top of the dome.

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The church of Santa Maria Novella [43 46 27 N, 11 14 58 E].

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The Laurentian Library, next door to Santa Maria Novella, holds a number of valuable manuscripts, including the Codex Amiatinus, which was produced not far from Durham in the monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow.  Unfortunately the holdings are not publicly accessible.

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