Florence April 22nd, 2015 – Yesterday, the Opera del Duomo started monitoring the marble surfaces outside of Florence Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower and Brunelleschi’s Dome, a work that will end within the week.
Florence Duomo facade
Since yesterday in the morning workers were in Piazza Duomo with a mobile crane arm of 103 meters that allows the staff of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore to reach even the highest areas of Brunelleschi’s Dome (finished in 1436) and Giotto’s Bell Tower (finished in 1354), the latter more than 84 meters. Florence Duomo facade, added in 1871, is actually the most recent part of the decoration and as such it should give fewer problems.
Starting this year the monitoring of external facades of the monuments of Piazza del Duomo will be done, instead of annually, semi-annually at the end and the beginning of winter.
This is a service that is carried out every year by the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, since its founding in 1296, which allows to check in detail the state of conservation of the facades and identify possible degradation, mainly due to the weather, and to schedule maintenance and restoration.
Since the construction of the monuments of Piazza Duomo, monitoring the conservation of the facades has been a tradition, with workers of the Opera descending from the top with ropes, like real climbers. You can see them at work in the “Workshop of restoration of the Opera”, in via dello Studio, few steps from Piazza Duomo, they are the direct heirs of the stonemasons who made the architectural and sculptural decoration of the Cathedral and the Bell Tower and which today are dedicated to the maintenance and preservation of this heritage.