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Historic Centre of Florence
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 13-16th century
Date of Inscription: 1982
Location: Europe, Italy, Tuscany, City and Province of Florence
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Description: Florence, which was built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, is the symbol of the Renaissance. Its economic and cultural pre-eminence ascended under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. The remarkable artistic activity that has graced the confines of the city for 600 years is above all evident in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the labor of celebrated masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Florence (Italian: Firenze) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, Italy, and of the province of Florence. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence lies on the Arno River and has a population of around 400,000 people, plus a suburban population in excess of 200,000 persons. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture. The city has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. The "Historic Centre of Florence" was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1982. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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