Pistoia: Madonna dell’Umiltà

Pistoia is sometimes called ‘little Florence’. The basilica of the Madonna dell’Umiltà may be largely held responsible for that nickname. It has a dome that closely resembles the famous dome that Brunelleschi built for the Duomo of Florence. Rather unsurprisingly, the dome in Pistoia was designed and built by a…

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Pistoia: The Duomo

The cathedral of Pistoia is a splendid Romanesque-style building of which the history goes back to the tenth century. The present building dates mostly from the twelfth century, as a fire that broke out in 1108 necessitated a rebuilding. In the next couple of centuries many more changes were made…

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Pistoia: De Duomo

De kathedraal van Pistoia is een mooi gebouw in Romaanse stijl waarvan de geschiedenis teruggaat tot de tiende eeuw. Het huidige gebouw dateert hoofdzakelijk van de twaalfde eeuw, want na een brand in 1108 moest de kathedraal herbouwd worden. In de daaropvolgende eeuwen werden er nog vele wijzigingen aan de…

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Florence: Santa Croce

De Santa Croce is de belangrijkste kerk van de Franciscanen in Florence. Ze is een van de grootste Franciscaanse kerken ter wereld, misschien wel de grootste. De basiliek staat aan de Piazza Santa Croce, tevens de locatie van het jaarlijkse Calcio storico of historisch voetbal. Zoals een vriend van mij…

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Rome: Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

It was a pleasant surprise during our last visit to Rome: the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj (pronounced Pamphili[1]) and its amazing art gallery. The Palazzo is located next to the Baroque church of San Maria in Via Lata and can be entered from the Via del Corso. A ticket to the…

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Rome: San Lorenzo in Damaso

The San Lorenzo in Damaso is one of several churches in Rome dedicated to the third century deacon and martyr Saint Lawrence. Other churches in the city seem to be connected to episodes in his life. For instance, the San Lorenzo in Fonte was built on the alleged spot where…

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Florence: Santa Croce

The Santa Croce is the principal church of the Franciscans in Florence. It is one of the largest Franciscan churches in the world, perhaps even the largest. The basilica can be found on the Piazza Santa Croce, which is the location of the annual Calcio storico or historical football in…

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