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Begun in 1296, the new Florentine Cathedral employed one art above all, sculpture, later extending use of this medium to the Baptistery and, after 1334, to the Bell Tower. The choice of sculpture proclaimed the city’s modernity and economic strength, showing that Florence could vie with northern European cathedrals in what was then the most expensive art form, monumental statuary. It also had a religious meaning, since the New Testament calls believers “living stones” of the spiritual edifice whose foundation is Christ (1 Peter, 2,5). Thus the statues and reliefs on the Duomo, Baptistery and Bell Tower symbolised the identity of the people of Florence, who in these carved prophets and saints contemplated their own call to holiness.

In this gallery leading to the project’s most imposing component, the Duomo façade reconstructed in the adjacent Sala del Paradiso, visitors see works from the Baptistery and the sides of the Cathedral, as well as the backs of two of the bronze doors of the Baptistery. 

Opening times

The times of access to the monuments are subject to changes in time due to extraordinary events. The museum will be closed on the first Tuesday of each month.

Entry point
Ticket online
Access with a single ticket to all monuments

If you book the Dome, ticket is valid for 72 hours from the day of the reservation.
If you don't reserve the Dome you have 30 days from the date selected for the visit to use the ticket; after the first entrance in a monument, the ticket will be valid for only 72 hours.
Each monument may be visited only once with the ticket.
Reservations mandatory for the climb on the Dome.