Italian architect Mariano Falcini died on this day in 1885 in Florence. He was 81 years old. Born in the Tuscan town of Campi Bisenzio, Falcini studied at the Florence Academy of Fine Arts and won a prestigious architectural prize while there. He is responsible for numerous buildings, monuments, and restorations in Genoa, Lucca, and Florence but is best known for his designs for the cemetery at San Miniato al Monte, the main hall of the Post Office in Florence (both in 1865), and the synagogue of Florence (1874-82).

Reference: Mario Bencivenni. “Falcini, Mariano.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web..

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