• Florence photos
Florence - a city in the Italian region of Tuscany, on the river Arno. The population - 366 000 people. City Museum, one of the most famous and ancient cultural centers in Europe, often called the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, or "Athens of Italy".
This bridge was built in 1345 to replace the demolished during the flood. At the end of the XVI century. Ferdinando I ordered removed Florentine butchers shop and replace them with jewelry workshop, which is still equipped with a kind of Sliding shutters made of wood.
On the waterfront near the bridge newlyweds traditionally hang locks.
And on the bridge.
The symbol of Florence's visit not a lot of people, but a lot.
the religious center of the city is the Piazza del Duomo, and San Giovanni. It is here that the three most important religious monuments - the Duomo (Cathedral), Giotto's Bell Tower and the Baptistery. The first thing that strikes in the construction of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) - is its enormity. The cathedral can accommodate 30,000 people at a time, making it one of the largest cathedrals in the world.
The building of the Baptistery served the city's cathedral until 1128, this is where many prominent citizens of Florence were baptized, including Dante. The building is octagonal in shape lined with green and white marble.
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Bigallo loggia outside is lined with marble bas-reliefs depicting biblical scenes.
To the right of the Duomo is Giotto's bell tower, named after the author of the project, started its construction in 1334.
Finishing belfry is a scene depicting the planets, virtues, crafts, noble art and the Sacraments.
Overcoming the 414 steps, we admired the view of the city.
Chinese tourists kreativnichali for unusual shots - through slatted ladder hatch visible depth to the bottom.
Some cautiously stood on the edge.
The police in the Piazza Duomo.
The area of the republic appeared between 1885 and 1895 on the site of the old exacerbations Old Market and the ancient Roman Forum. In the old days, there were Jewish ghetto, fish loggia and so on. In 1951, the square was erected column abundance, indicating the point of intersection of the lines of Roman town planning.
Loggia new market was commissioned in 1551 by the architect John. B. del Tasso to accommodate in this place commercial enterprises of all major guilds of the time. And now, during the day the area is occupied by stalls, trading products of Florentine artisans.
On the square is a fountain with a statue of a wild boar - a bronze copy of an original work of P. Tacca.
Piazza San Lorenzo, known for its market. It is a building of the Central Market, a monument of Giovanni delle Bande - one of the founders of the Medici dynasty.
We lived on the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, where the eponymous basilica is located.
The view from the hotel window.
The area of Santissima Annunziata in the XIII century was an important center of social life of the city. It housed the fair, organized celebrations to mark the Day of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary on March 25 and People "Rifikolona", celebrated on the night from 7 to 8 September in memory of the birth of the Virgin Mary. In the center of the square is a statue of the Grand Duke Ferdinando and two fountains representing sea monsters.
Basilica - Sanctuary of the Santissima Annunziata (Basilica of Our Lady of the Annunciation). Founded in 1250 as a small chapel was extended only later between 1444 and 1477 years.
Piazza della Signoria is still regarded as the political center of the city. In the middle of the statue of Cosimo I. marble fountain with Neptune also has, in a chariot drawn by seahorses. In 1498 the square was burned monk - Savonarola exposer Florence morals.
The discrimination is obvious: men could predstavat in all its glory, women - covered leaf.
The construction of the Palazzo Pitti in the XV century on the hill of Boboli was seen as an attempt to confront Luke Pitti ascent of the Medici family to the heights of power. Initially, palace, Brunelleschi (1445) built the project was a building of three rusticated stone floors, balconies rows separated solid. After the death of Pitti (1473) and the bankruptcy of the family palace was purchased in 1549 for Cosimo I's wife Eleanor of Toledo, who suffered here ducal court.
How did Moscow lacks such beautiful parks without vulgar cheap beds, kebab stalls, parked cars ...
At the beginning of March, all the slopes were covered with blooming flowers.
I fell in love with the dipper.
And this unparalleled Meissen.
And finally, a few urban sketches.
Walking around the city, we wandered into the church and came to preach. It was very interesting to listen to. The priest talked about how we must be able to look around and not be confined to its own success. Once again I apologize for being ignorant of the Orthodox tradition, and ask, and in the Orthodox churches there preaching, when you select a topic and is discussed in detail?
This is also her job.
And in the end - Florentine food.