The design of the bell tower of the cathedral was made by Giotto, who started its construction in 1334. Three years later, at his death, the project was passed over to Andrea Pisano first and then to Francesco Talenti who completed it in 1359. The rich sculptural decoration of the fronts, a complex iconography which involved some of the best sculptors present in Florence at the time, Andrea Pisano and Luca della Robbia, is unique. All these works represent one of the most complete figurative cycles devoted to arts and crafts of the Middle Ages and are today replaced by copies; the originals are in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.
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