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Florence is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and is also the birthplace of the renowned Renaissance. Teeming with works of art and culture and also monuments of immense historical significance this city is considered to be one of the most culturally rich cities in Europe. The city also has famous paintings from different world famous artists.
This is the main cathedral of Florence and its construction began way back in 1296. This UNESCO World Heritage site consists of the baptistery and the famous Giotto Bell tower and the dome of the church is the largest dome ever constructed in the world.
It is a Medieval stone closed spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River. Built in the Roman times this bridge joins the banks at the narrowest point of the Arno River.
This famous square is said to give the viewer the best panoramic views of Florence. Designed by Giuseppe Poggi and built in 1869 and has heavy influences of the Renaissance form of architecture.
This is the masterpiece of Michelangelo built during the renaissance times between 1501 and 1504. This marble statue is a symbol of the independence of the state and its sustenance.
This was formerly a prison and barracks but has now been transformed into an art museum. This is considered to be the oldest building in Florence and now contains art collections of Michelangelo, Donatello and the Bust of Constanza Bonarelli.
This was the main seat of the dukes in the state of Florence. This is now a park behind the Pitti Palace with sculptures from the 16th to the 18th century and also some sculptures from the Roman era. The main attractions are various sculpture namely Andromeda rises above the Isolotto.
These are two structures at the Basilica of Saint Lorenzo. The Sagrestia Nuova was designed by Michelangelo and is a marvel of Michelangelo’s genius. The chapel also consists of the tombs of Giuliano di Lorenzo de’Medici and Lorenzo di Piero de’Medici.
Museo di Storia Naturale di Firenze
Established in 1775, it is a natural history museum that has its collections divided into 6 major collections. The complex contains, Europe’s third oldest botanical garden, a large herbarium of approximately 4 million species, 200000 specimens of excavated fossils, 12 ancient manuscript volumes and almost 3 million zoological specimen.
The museum located on the hill of Montughi contains almost 36000 artifact pieces including a vast collection of armour from both the eastern and the Western civilizations. The museum also contains an outfit by Napoleon 1 of France. Other exhibits of arms include ancient knights, samurais and their weapons.
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