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Renaissance Secrets: Riddle of the Dome - Synopsis

Updated Thursday, 1st September 2005

The dome of Florence Cathedral is one of the greatest monuments of the Renaissance. But nearly 600 years after being built, it is only now beginning to reveal its secrets.

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Florence Cathedral Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Production team Construction of replica dome

In an attempt to understand the details of its construction, a local architect has spent over ten years building a house-sized replica.

How did the craftspeople of six centuries ago construct such an extraordinary structure? Read on through our site to solve the riddle.

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Find out more about the cathedral from the Florence Art Guide, which has many links to further information, including on the dome, and Brunelleschi.

The Victoria and Albert Museum site contains information about Daniel Libeskind and the spiral extension.

Students at Rice University (Houston, Texas) have completed projects as web-sites, in particular the project on Renaissance Florence and Tuscany contains some interesting further information.

Further Reading

Giovanni Fanelli (Scala 1980)

Mechanical Marvels
Paolo Galluzzi (Giunti, 1997)





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