The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio and is located in Florence, Tuscany, also the birthplace of the European Renaissance. The massive dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, and is the largest brick dome ever built. Construction began in 1296 and was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV in 1436. The complex includes the Cathedral itself, the Baptistery, Giotto's Campanile (bell tower) and the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). The current neo-Gothic facade was not completed until 1887 and consists of panels in different shades of marbles: the white Carrara, green Prato and red Siena. The cathedral's architecture style is Italian Renaissance. It is one of the most visited cathedrals in Italy, and is a part of the historic center of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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