Piazza della Signoria
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|These superb life-size statues are in the Loggia dei Lanzi corner of Piazza della Signoria, known among other things for where various people were burned at the stake. This section is like an outdoor gallery of Renaissance art.|
Built around the end of the thirteenth century as a symmetrical contrast to the city's religious centre, Piazza della Signoria was enlarged through demolitions of the tower-houses of the Uberti, Foraboschi and other powerful Ghibelline families.
Right from Medieval times, Piazza della Signoria has always been the civic centre of Florentine life. Although some original buildings (the Loggia dei Pisani and the Church of St. Cecilia) and the ancient brick paving, which gave it greater unity of style, have now disappeared, it remains in all its aspects a square of incomparable beauty and elegance. Dominated by the fourteenth century Palazzo della Signoria with its high crenellated tower, it is surrounded by other important buildings: the Loggia della Signoria and the Palazzo degli Uffizi on the south side, the sixteenth century Palazzo degli Uguccioni on the north side and the Palazzo del Tribunale di Mercanzia (about 1359) on the east side.
In front of the fountain, almost at the centre of the square, a granite disc commemorates the place where Savonarola and his faithful followers, Fra' Domenico and Fra' Silvestro, were hanged and burned (May 23rd, 1498).
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Good clean clear capture here Murray, the sharpness and textures are great.
A little too exposed on the upper torso of the female figure in the statue on the left, do you know how to review the histogram on your Canon? It will highlight areas of your shot that are overexposed and can be very useful in situations like this!