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Florence’s iconic cathedral, begun in 1296, dominates the city center and, along with the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower, is Florence’s religious heart. Its dimensions are so vast that it is difficult to find a nearby point that offers any view of the building as a whole. The interior might be austere, but the green-and-white striped exterior with its wedding cake of a facade is splendid and is topped by Brunelleschi’s magnificent red-tiled cupola, an extraordinary feat of engineering.

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by Nicky Swallow
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