The engineering involved in creating the spectacular dome on the top of the Duomo in Florence would be nearly impossible to create today even with computer software, engineering tools, levels, etc…. So the question remains – how did creator Filippo Brunelleschi build this nearly 600 years ago? My guess is just pure dumb luck but it modern scientists have spent the past forty years trying to figure it out and just yesterday they announced they may have figured it out.
Tonight on PBS they are airing a special on the ‘Great Cathedral Mystery‘ and the National Geographic website has a ton of information dedicated to the cathedral as well as a complete 360 degree view of the interior of the cathedral (empty and without people! What I wouldn’t have given to get this access while we were there).
Photo of the Day – Il Duomo Florence
I’m hopping on a plane to Denver right now for a client meeting tomorrow before heading up for three days of snowshoeing in the Rockies. Can’t wait to check out frozen Dream Lake at first light on Friday morning. One of the most amazing places in the world.