In Florence there is one major cathedral that towers over the city. It has an enormous dome that was an architectural wonder in its day, and is still an architectural mystery today. The dome was so enormous and high that it would have been more expensive to build the scaffolding to support it than the cost of the actual done itself, so it sat empty for years until Brunelleschi somehow came up with a plan to build it. The inside of the dome is magnificently painted, and the outside is high and has a fantastic 360 degree view of the city. Here is what we saw after climbing to the top! My house is in the second picture. I’m right in the center of the city!



This is what we saw on the inside:  

And this is the duomo from San Lorenzo, a church slightly closer to my house: 


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