It was hot when I was in Florence. Really hot. Around 40c at midday and hotter in the sun. I liked Florence a lot. Small, compact, easy to get around in, yet with something fascinating or interesting and worth photographing, at almost every turn. This is the main 'Duomo' or THE main piazza square (Often there are many) and the magnificent Cathedral. Wikipedia describes it thus "The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (English: Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower) is the main church of Florence, Italy. 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. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris.
The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto's Campanile. The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major attraction to tourists visiting the region of Tuscany. The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches, and until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed.
The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence, whose archbishop is currently Giuseppe Betori."
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Cathedral
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dkmurphys (63663) 2013-09-30 7:09
Spectacular architecture. I like the perfect contrast with the blue sky. Well taken.
PS. I think you've chosen the wrong location ?
pierrefonds (70427) 2013-09-30 7:24
The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the architecture of the Florence cathedral. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
snunney (105495) 2013-09-30 8:11
A splendid capture of this magnificent cathedral. The heat is quite palpable. I like the point of view and the presence of the people who give the image scale. Superb rendering of the detail in the architecture. There does indeed appear to be a problem with the location as Daniel says.
Nicou (149738) 2013-09-30 8:57
quelle compo et iamge fantastique vue et captage sueprbe cette place avec les personnage e quel édiffice quelle merveille architecturale grandiose vue et compo.
Bravo et amitié
mesutilgim (97162) 2013-09-30 10:12
What an amaing fassade ! Almost a giant puzzle.
Perfect pov and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
Royaldevon (42501) 2013-09-30 10:20
We spent some happy days here, a few years ago, when my son got married near Siena.
This really is a spectacular building but to me, a bit of a disappointment internally!
You have clearly captured the wonderful dome and the exciting details of the supporting walls. It all shows up so well against the rich, blue sky.
My warm regards,
danos (102490) 2013-09-30 10:43
well chosen the POV as we can see a lot of details as a great perspective of the Florence Cathedral,I like the brilliant light of the day as enhance the vivid colours with the contrast of them to be great.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-09-30 10:53
una veduta magnifica inquadrata nella migliore delle manierein una giornata nella quale la luminosità ed il cielo erano quelli giusti per fare risaltare in maniera adeguata il bel soggetto.
Il tutto valorizzato da una bella composizione e dal una nitidezza che esalta il piacevole gioco di luci e di ombre, oltre che quello formato dal diverso colore dei marmi che ricoprono l'edificio.
Piacevole anche la presenza multicolore dei turisti che rendono più viva la scena.
Ciao e buona serata
Miguel82 (27726) 2013-09-30 11:01
A worldwide famous monument Chris, a place I've visited also in the past at this time no wish to take photo at all, You found the good light, high definition, the sky was so blue, have a nice evening
PaulVDV (31871) 2013-09-30 11:53
Excellent shot of this overwhelming cathedral!
The wonderful architecture of the facade and the red tiled domes are nicely demonstrated. The deep blue sky is the perfect backdrop to make the cathedral stand out even more.
Best regards, Paul
besnard (57178) 2013-09-30 12:00
Un bon cliché de cette architecture assez extraordinaire qui ressort de belle manière sur un beau ciel bleu.
Bravo et bonne soirée.
Keitht (1308) 2013-09-30 12:09
On viewing the thumbnail I thought I was looking at a grossly over sharpened image. Looking at the main image that clearly is not the case. The level of detail in the building and the sharp (natural) contrast between the panels is incredible. The people standing close to the Cathedral certainly help to show the massive scale of the place.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-09-30 20:01
You must have shot this dead at noon and hence it is shining white.The cathedral looks grand even under very stronglights.Very good light managemment.Keep sharing such nice shots.TFS.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-09-30 23:05
Belle lumière sur l'impressionnant Duomo, pas facile à photographier "d'en bas".
Graal (103038) 2013-09-30 23:12
nice presentation from capital city of Tuscany. Cathedral is magnificent. Good colors and contrast. Interesting note. I like it.
Have a nice day.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-09-30 23:22
What an impressive sight Chris. The architecture and fine detailing is truly amazing and I marvel at the craft of the masons who applies the marble panels. The sun beats down but its strong light has revealed the contrasts in the facade to advantage showing the detail in a graphic and easy to read way. Super! Warm regards rosemary
emka (105488) 2013-09-30 23:38
Hi Chris, Amazing what you managed to visit in your trip. So you nwent also to Florence. Good choice, it is one of the finest city in Italy, and "must " to see, like Rome of Venice. You found an interesting POV to show the Duomo. Nice inclusion of people. Stunning coloursw.
jhm (158892) 2013-10-01 1:28
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
These Florence Cathedral makes very a lot impression on me, through the wonderful architectural composition.
Your picture is very nice and very high of quality.
Nice light and perfect sharpness.
These cares for perspective and depth.
Very well composition, lovely presentation. TFS.
Sergiom (87135) 2013-10-01 4:54
On ne peut faire autrement que d'être estomaqué devant un aussi beau spectacle architectural.J'aime la luminosité et la netteté des détails. Les passants ajoutent une belle relation dimensionnelle.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-01 5:06
a magnificent place this and a magnificent capture of it! Love your POV and the sense of scale it presents, plus all the wonderful detail set gloriously against a clear blue sky. Superb!
Silvio1953 (151589) 2013-10-01 14:24
Ciao Chris, great POV on fantastic cathedral, lovely composition with a lot of people, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
npecanhuk (77671) 2013-10-01 18:15
That's such a magnificent building! Fortunately I visited it back in 1999!
That's a very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
mcmtanyel (27964) 2013-10-04 19:40
I have only spent time at the train station in Firenze. I love that intricate facade, the deep blue sky is to dye for! The fellow with the yellow shorts provides a nice contrast to the grey surface.
ourania (50573) 2013-10-07 14:52
a fascinating point of view to this much loved and photographed architectural masterpiece. I like very much how you've arranged the dynamic perspectives upwards and to the background. The dome emerges in a very impressive and imposing way. You've achieved outstanding sharpness and a fantastic graphism, you've made the strong light your ally for a very eye-catching and gorgeous photo. The people are interesting, their dispersion and movement offer balance and scale. A very vivid and irresistible impression, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,