Archive for the 'Italy' Category

Florence Cathedral

Filed under: Italy, Religious

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The Florence Cathedral, which is also known as The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore is known for its dome that was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi.

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St. Marks Basilica

Filed under: Italy, Religious

St. Marks Basilica (Basilica di San Marco a Venezia) is a Byzantine style church located in Venice, Italy.  The church was originally built in 832 and has been rebuilt numerous times.  It is known as the “Church of Gold” because of it’s status of Venice’s wealth and power.

You can also see the St. Marks Bell Tower above.  It was built in the ninth-century.  It collapsed in 1902 because of structural “repairs” and was rebuilt by 1910.

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Trevi Fountain

Filed under: Italy, Landmarks

The Trevi Fountain is the largest of the Baroque fountains in the city of Rome, Italy.  Construction on the fountain started in 1732 and was completed by 1762.  It was refurbished in 1998.

Legend has it that throwing three coins over one’s left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain leads to luck.  Over 3,000 Euros are thrown in the fountain each day and is collected at night.

There is a smaller replica of the fountain located outside the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Il Duomo di Milano

Filed under: Italy, Religious

Il Duomo di Milano is the 2nd largest church in Italy behind St. Peters Basilica in Rome.  It is also the second largest Gothic cathedral in the world after the Cathedral of Seville in Spain.

In the picture above, the front of the church is covered by scaffolds during a renovation. 

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Ponte Vecchio

Filed under: Bridges, Italy, Landmarks

The Ponte Vecchio (Italian for Old Bridge) dates back to the 14th century.  It spans the Arno river in Florence and is filled with shops.  It is said that the concept of bankruptcy originated on the Ponte Vecchio.  When a merchant could not pay his debts, the table where he sold his items (“banco”) was broken (“rotto”) by soldiers.

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Sistine Chapel

Filed under: Italy, Religious

The Sistine Chapel was built between 1475 and 1483 during the time of Pope Sixtus IV.  It is the Pope’s chapel and the location of papal elections.  One of the most famous features of the chapel is the ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo before his death and the Last Judgement which was painted over the altar. 

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