LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE GOTHIC AGE
The photo caption of Santa Maria Del Fiore in Jonathan Foyle's piece on the Gothic Age (AJ 13.10.05), states that the cathedral was built in 1296. This implies it was completed in that year.
In fact, only the foundation stone was laid then. Building work continued until 1436, with the completion of the dome.
David Rust, London NW1