Giotto's Bell Tower

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Giotto's Bell Tower -

Location and History

The Campanile, regarded as the finest in Italy, was begun by Giotto in 1334. After the artist's death in 1337, it was continued by Andrea Pisano and finished by Francesco Talenti in 1359, who created the large windows at the upper levels.


Standing isolated next to the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore and in front of the Baptistery of St. John, this splendid construction attracts the eye and the admiration of every art lover by its design, rich sculptural decorations and the many-coloured marble encrustations.
The sculptural decoration of the tower is extremely rich: 56 relief carvings in two registers, and 16 life-size statues in the niches, all by Florentine masters of the l4th and l5th century (among whom Andrea Pisano, Donatello, Luca Della Robbia).

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