Palazzo Medici Riccardi offers the visitor the chance to retrace over four centuries of the history of art, architecture and collectionism in Florence. The itinerary starts on the ground floor, the fulcrum of which is Michelozzo’s fifteenth-century courtyard, one of the most suggestive sites of Renaissance Florence.
Michelangelo worked on St. Peter's Basilica from 1546 until his death in 1564. Thanks to him, the great dome (dome 265 feet high x 190 feet in diameter) became reality. The basilica can be visited in the Vatican.
LATER FRENCH GOTHIC: St. Maclou, Rouen, France, C. 1500-1514. While the Renaissance was already in full swing in Italy, the French were pushing the extremes with elaborate ornamentation as seen in the exquisite traceries of St. Maclou. Considered one of the best examples of the "Flamboyant style" of Gothic architecture in France.