Happy Birthday to the Cathedral of Florence!

Dear readers of About Italy Newsblog, we are good old Florentines and we’re proud to announce that the Duomo, the Cathedral of Florence, this year will celebrate its 714th anniversary from when the first stone was placed.

Celebrations will take place today, on Tuesday 7th and tomorrow, on 8th September 2010, at the Duomo in Florence (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore), Baptistery of St. John and the Museum of the Cathedral.

During such an event, Florence citizens are very proud to pay homage to the works that made the city famous all around the world for its artistic and architectonic treasures, from the stately Duomo, which every year draws the attention of thousands visitors from all Italy and abroad.

On this occasion, the cathedral’s balconies will be open to the public with free entrance from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. It will be possible to enter from Porta della Mandorla, on the side in front of Via dei Servi. On the same opening hours also the ancient Museum of the Cathedral will be open in Via dello Studio 23r, where the masters stone-cutters work for the restoration of the marble works of the Cathedral.

So, extraordinary openings, shows and initiatives in order to celebrate the 714th anniversary of the Cathedral of Florence. Tonight, on 7th September, at 9.15 pm there will be a concert of holy music called “Arte sacra del Barocco Fiorentino” at the Baptistery of St. John.

Tomorrow, on Wednesday 8th September, at 8.30 am the priest Giancarlo Corti will celebrate the Mass for the board of directors of this institution.

For further information about events in Florence, monuments in Florence, museums and much more, please take a look at the useful tourist guide to Florence: www.aboutflorence.com

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