Why in Palazzo della Signoria instead of atop the Florence Cathedral you ask? Well, the completed David was 14.2 feet (4.34 meters) tall and weighed 6.4 tons. They couldn't figure out how to put it atop the cathedral and by then, the idea to have twelve statues atop of it was no more, and it would be a waste to have this beautiful statue up on the roof of the cathedral where nobody would be able to appreciate all the fine details of it. To put the difficulty into perspective, it took 40 men, 4 days to move the statue 500 meters (0.3 miles) from the cathedral workshop to the Palazzo della Signoria.
So, there David sat, from 1504 until 1873 when it was decided that they should move the David because of the elemental wear and tear that it was enduring while it was outdoors and it has been there since. In 1910, the space where David was in Palazzo della Signoria, a replica was placed and still stands to this day.
Note that no photography is allowed, so take a moment and enjoy its beauty instead of struggling to get the perfect picture.
Come back next Friday for another Past Point of Interest!