The bell towers of Florence, sublime visions to reach the sublime
On tiptoe to the most sacred peaks, those from where the city speaks directly to the sky
For millennia, mankind was unable to touch the heavens. Its imagination had transformed it into nine marvellous, concentric, musical spheres: yet another gift of the universal spiritual harmony created by God. And while it was once towering obelisks that seemed to challenge the gods, the towers and bell towers soon became a stairway to the Empyrean. This is how this ascent to the heavens took on the twisting and encircling form of a spiral, and from the narrow windows, climbers could see the red of the city transformed into a New Jerusalem. Architects, sublime engineers, built with their eyes to the heavens, without ever losing sight of their roots here on earth.