Climbing to the top of Brunelleschi’s Dome
On a recent trip to Florence I climbed to the top of the Dome. Having read Ross Kings’s book, Brunelleschi’s Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence, it was really exciting climbing between the inner and outer shells and seeing the herringbone brickwork pattern, an essential part of Brunelleschi’s construction technique. The final stairs run straight up from the passageway up and over the curve of the dome to the bottom of the lantern.
This shows the herringbone brickwork which was an essential part of the construction of Brunelleschi’s Dome
Final walkway around the dome in between the inner and outer shells with the steps pon the left going straight up to the lantern on the roof
Santa Maria del Fiore, the final steps running straight up the curve of the dome to the top
The views from the top are magnificent. On the way up and when coming back down one walks around the gallery at the level of the base of the cupola. From this point one can see the great Vasari fresco for a really close up view. Alarmingly in the past there wasn’t the Perspex barrier to prevent one toppling from the gallery. That must have made for an interesting experience.
View from the top of the dome
View from the lantern atop the dome
Evening view from the top
At the top of Sainte Maria del Fiore