When the Duomo (Cathedral) was ordered constructed in 1200, it was a mammoth feat of engineering – no domed structure of its size had been built since the Roman era and no one was sure if they could do it again. Florence’s architects rose to the occasion and built the third largest Christian church in the world. The Duomo remains one of the most important buildings in Florence. A great experience is climbing up to the roof of the Duomo or its adjacent bell tower for spectacular 360-degree views of the city and the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
Much of the artwork that was once housed in the museum is now kept in the adjacent Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, including sculptures by Donatello and Michelangelo.