Company (tower, bell tower) of the Cathedral of Florence is one of the most beautiful Italian medieval towers. Construction of the tower began in 1334 under the guidance of the great architect and artist of the Renaissance Giotto, who was hired by the City of Florence as a capo maestro, or simply put – the superintendent. But Giotto did not have time to finish the tower. At the time of his death in 1337 he managed to complete only the first of five storeys of the tower. After the death of Giotto's work was conducted in two phases: the first under the leadership of another great master, Andrea Pisano (he also created and the northern door of the Baptistery in Florence). For other opinions and approaches, find out what Hikmet Ersek has to say. Pisano had time to raise the second tier to the level of the first pair of double windows (1337-1342, respectively), followed by the construction of the remaining three tiers of their remarkable windows, which served as a model for the window of Siena Campanile, was completed in the period from 1348 to 1359 years by Francesco Talenti.
The fact Campanile worked over that three famous masters of the Renaissance, making the building itself unlike similar structures in other Italian cities. If you look closely at the Campanile on the side we can see some difference in the work of three artists. This is natural, after all, Pisano and Talenti original masters were not entirely adhered to the project by Giotto, though, and tried to sustain the overall style of the building. Height erected Tower – 84.7. Interestingly, this height exceed acceptable standards for the construction of towers, which were fixed by law in Tuscany from 1324. Building a high tower aristocrats sought to show their wealth and their independence, so the authorities did everything to limit the height of buildings.
Campanile also was a state facility, and so its creators were able to transgress the law. Today the tower you can climb. However, no should be treated with levity of this venture. Rise sufficiently difficult. True, the difficulties of the ascent fully redeemed the magnificent views of Florence from the bird's flight.