Michelangelo’s famous statue depicts David before his battle with Goliath. David stands 5.16 meters or almost 17 feet and weighs 5,660 kg or almost 12,500 pounds. He was crafted from a single block of marble between 1501-1504 (and restored from 2003-2004). He was originally supposed to be displayed on Florence’s cathedral (the Duomo) but was too heavy. So he was displayed first in Piazza della Signoria, in front of Palazzo Vecchio (where a replica now stands). To protect against damage he was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1873 where he now resides.

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