This grandiose Franciscan church is one of the masterpieces of Italian Gothic style and is the work of Arnolfo di Cambio who started it in 1294.
The grand central hall culminates in the celebrated statue of David, framed in a monumental arch. The David was sculpted by Michelangelo between 1501 and 1504. Once situated outside Palazzo Vecchio where today you will find a 19th century copy, this huge marble work is a symbol of the liberty of the Florentine Republic.
To the right of the Florence Cathedral stands the celebrated Bell Tower by Giotto di Bondone, started in 1334 by the great painter and architect. After his death in 1337, the work was continued by Andrea Pisano, and later again by Francesco Talenti who completed it in 1359.