Mystery Solved

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

Great Cathedral Mystery Florence Il Duomo

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.


7 thoughts on “Mystery Solved

    • Thank you. It took me a few days to watch it since I was traveling and DVR’d it but it was fascinating. We remember seeing those weird shaped bricks walking up the tower but didn’t appreciate the magnificence of it until now.

    • Isn’t it absolutely remarkable? So hard to fathom how far outside of the box that guy thought. I watched the Nova the following week on the Mystery of Easter Island as well which was pretty fascinating too.

      • I have been to Easter Island … and it’s fascinating – where did stones come from .. there is nothing nearby – there is rocks out in the ocean, but that is so far away. And they are massive “sculptures”. We think we are smart today … but we have all the technology to help us … they had nothing but their brains and human strength. I like NOVA’s documentary films. They took on Lennart Nilsson’s film about how a life is born a couple of years ago in a brilliant way.

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