The fall of the golden ball

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The Cupola of the Duomo is crowned with a golden sphere, designed by Verocchio in 1471. It doesn’t look very big from down here, does it?

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But I’m sure it seemed huge that June day in the year 1600 when Florence experienced a tremendous thunderstorm and lightning struck the Duomo. The golden ball came tumbling down the cupola roof and hit the ground, digging a great hole. Miraculously nobody was hurt.

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400 years later, we can still see today where the golden ball landed, as the spot is marked with a marble circle.

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4 comments on “The fall of the golden ball

  1. imponerad says:

    Spännande minnesmärke – och guld är ju aldrig fel!

  2. K says:

    Cool! And the clouds in the second picture looks like they would like to contribute in the re-telling the story ;)

    But – also middle picture – I didn’t understand it was the Dome at first. Looks square from that angle.

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