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VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome

VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome

A new hour long documentary for PBS' series, Building the Great Cathedrals, explores the mystery of how, in the 15th century, Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi constructed one of the largest domes the world had ever seen. Winning what could be considered one of the earliest architectural competitions, Brunelleschi developed a unique system that allowed construction on the dome to occur while services were being conducted in the cathedral 100 metres below. The team in this episode model this freestanding structure in an attempt to understand just how Brunelleschi achieved such a feat of Renaissance engineering.

You can find out more about the film here. Please note that the film is only viewable through PBS within the USA. For those of you outside the USA, you can watch the 30 second preview above; for those in the USA, see the full video after the break...

VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome, Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "VIDEO: Solving the Mysteries of Brunelleschi's Dome" 23 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/477161/video-solving-the-mysteries-of-brunelleschi-s-dome/> ISSN 0719-8884
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