|Four Best Italian Churches||| Print ||
|Written by Larry Aiello|
|Sunday, 04 September 2011 01:42|
The four best Italian churches
Here are the four best churches (out of a possible list of thousands) in Italy to see, all with a somewhat different and unique architectural style:
St. Peter's Basilica - the most famous church in the country (perhaps even in the world) as it is the symbol of the Catholic Church. Inside are many unique treasures including the Pieta' by Michelangelo.
Florence's Duomo - Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore - the red-tiled gothic-style dome that is the symbol of Florence, was started in 1296 and completed in 1436. The cathedral complex (Piazza del Duomo) actually includes a Baptistry of St. John and a belltower by Giotto. (Campanile di Giotto).
Basilica di San Marco – a classic example of eastern and Byzantine architecture, was built in 829 AD to house the remains of San Marco, the city’s patron saint. It is adjacent to Doge’s Palace, and overlooks the famous Piazza San Marco.
Milan's Duomo - another gothic style church that has a very idyllic resemblance to a sand-castle. It is the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world (second to Seville’s) and can easily accommodate 40,000 people! It was started in 1386 and completed in the 1800’s. It is a symbol of the city of Milan, and a cultural centerpiece of the city.