Brunelleschi’s Dome

The dome of the cathedral in Florence has recently attracted significant attention. The latest issue of National Geographic contains an article on the dome's construction atop the cathedral of Florence, Italy. A PBS special, "Great Cathedral Mystery," is based on the NatGeo article. If these whet your curiosity, go ahead read Ross King's book, Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture.

Don't visit Florence without first acquainting yourself with the story of this incredible architectural feat. It's not just an old, dark Renaissance church. If you know the story, you'll truly appreciate what you're looking at when you visit the Duomo. If you've got the energy, definitely take the staircase up to the top of the cathedral, which ascends between the inner and outer domes (the same staircase that the buildings themselves used).

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