Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ancient Persian Dome Technique Used in Florence Cathedral

Absolutely fascinating.  I wonder how old this Persian technique was and how it was that Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446) discovered the technique?  Did he travel in the Middle East?  Did he come across ancient texts describing the technique in some obscure library or other?  And how did he successfully employ it in building the magnificent dome at the Santa Maria del Fiore, the highest and widest (143 feet in diameter) masonry dome in the world?

From Discovery News Online

Scale Model Discovered for Florence Cathedral


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