"the iconic church, the Dome"
The Duomo towers over the city of Florence
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Duomo towers over the city of Florence - Credit: Owmn

The decorative marble facade of the Duomo
Public DomainThe decorative marble facade of the Duomo - Credit: Jebulon
The main church in Florence, known as the Duomo (Dome) is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Although construction began in 1296 it was only completed in 1436 by Pope Eugene IV. The cathedral was designed in a Gothic style by Arnolfo di Cambio and is decorated on the outside with marble panels of green and pink, bordered by white. This ornamentation was not in fact completed until 1887.

The Duomo towers over the city of Florence and is one of its iconic images and most visited sights. Until modern times it was the largest dome in the world and remains the largest brick dome ever built. The cathedral, baptistery and Campanile (bell tower) are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.