Giotto's Campanile - Bell Tower

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Giotto's Campanile - Bell Tower - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Composite virtual tour panorama showing the view of Florence form the top of Giotto's Campanile (Bell Tower). This was created taking a series of images while walking around the Bell Tower and then stitching them together. The most dominant thing is the Cathedral.

Giotto's Campanile - Bell Tower - FURTHER INFORMATION

Giotto's Campanile - Bell Tower - Florence visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Giotto's Campanile - Bell Tower' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Tuscany.

Giotto's Campanile is a free standing tower next to Florence Cathedral and the Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St John) on the Piazza del Duomo in the center of Florence (Firenze). It is a square 14.45wide reaching a height of 84.7m. A viewing platform near the top is open to the public and a popular attraction in Florence.

Florence Cathedral and Piazza del Duomo - Virtual Tours

Full list of virtual tour images in this collection taken around the Cathedral and associated buildings, some of which are not open to the public:

Giotto's Campanile - History and Information

As suggested by the name, this Bell Tower was designed by Giotto and is a masterpiece of Florentine Gothic architecture. Aged 67, Giotto was nominated the director of works of the Cathedral in 1334, some 40 years after the construction of the cathedral had started. It would not be completed until 1436. Giotto concentrated on the construction of the campanile and was designed to compliment the polychrome marble encrustations used on the exterior of the Cathedral itself.

At the time Giotto died in 1337, only the first floor of the tower had been completed. He was succeed by 1343 by Andrea Pisano, who designed the South Doors of the Baptistery, and he continued construction, faithfully following Giotto's design, until work was interrupted by the Plague 1348. In this time a further 2 levels had been added.

Construction of the top three levels of the tower was finally completed in 1359 under the guidance of Francesco Talenti. Giotto had originally intended for the tower to be topped by a spire reaching a height of 122m, but this was not added by Talenti. Amazingly, the tower does not seem to diminish in size when viewed from the ground. This is not accidental - each of the top three levels level is larger than the one below, extending beyond it in every dimension exactly counters the effect of perspective.

Being a Campanile, the bell tower houses 7 bells, the largest being Campanone cast in 1705 and weighing 5300Kg. The other bells (casting dates and weights) are La Misericordia (1670, 1817Kg), Apostolica (1957, 1200Kg), Annunziata (1956, 856Kg), Mater Dei (1956, 481Kg), L'Assunta (1956, 340Kg), L'Immacolata (1956, 238Kg).


Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo)
Piazza del Duomo,
9-red, 50122 Firenze,


Bus: Roma - Calzoleria Bologna (C1, C2), Pucci (14, 23, 71, C1)

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