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Firenze. Duomo

Brunelleschiís dome is the largest masonry dome ever built and it is the coverage of the Cathedral of Florence.Brunelleschi's dome, 45 meters wide, was originally a wooden dome built by Arnolfo di Cambio.To construct a dome over the presbytery mixed up many technical problems.Imagine the thriving city of Florence in the year 1296. Proud of their city, the Florentines began to build a glorious cathedral, designing it with space for a huge dome. But there was a problem: no one knew how to erect such a dome.They made a model which they kept in the half-built cathedral to show how the dome ought to be. If built, it would be the highest and widest vault raised - but how to make it remained a puzzle.The people of Florence had a touching faith that some day God would send a man who could solve the puzzle.Their faith was rewarded by a goldsmith and clockmaker called Filippo Brunelleschi who was born in 1377.The dome Brunelleschi designed and built still dominates Florence today, a miracle of design and engineering.The usual way to build an arch or dome was to support it with scaffolding called "centring" but the open space in the cathedral was 42m in width and the Florentines wanted a tall, soaring dome.All the timber in Tuscany would not have been sufficient to make the centring.Brunelleschi decided to build without scaffolding in such a way it supported itself as it progressed.Brunelleschi's solutions for the dome were ingenious, innovative and costly. But even today Brunelleschi's Dome is the tallest building in Florence, over 600 years after it was built.Brunelleschi's invention went everywhere.

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Orit Moore07-May-2016 16:00
Great perspective. V
Julie Oldfield05-May-2016 14:09
Great shot! V
Dennis Hoyne04-May-2016 03:30
It took your wide lens to capture this glorious structure! Such an interesting story behind the building of the dome. V.
Gill Kopy04-May-2016 01:01
What an amazing building - the wide angle does work well to capture it all V
Dwight Rankine03-May-2016 19:26
Very detailed super wide angle shot! BV
bill friedlander03-May-2016 15:50
Super WA shot depicting the beauty of the Duomo and surrounding area. V
Tom Munson03-May-2016 14:47
Terrific image of this impressive building.
Walter Otto Koenig03-May-2016 14:44
What an amazing building. Nice lgihting and exposure. "V"
Nick Paoni03-May-2016 14:24
A terrific night shot. Love the pattern on the Duomo. V
Patrick Goossens03-May-2016 14:17
What a great building. Ideal for a wide shot.
lucanton03-May-2016 13:44
un magnifique bâtiment ! V
Jim Coffman03-May-2016 13:19
Great fisheye shot, Jose!
David Lewins03-May-2016 13:14
Looks like a very interesting building, nice annotation too!
Yvonne03-May-2016 10:30
Fantastic use of the fish-eye, gives the impression the buildings are circling the dome! v
Tom LeRoy03-May-2016 07:57
A fine wide angle shot to capture all the beauty. V
Helen Betts03-May-2016 07:26
A perfect way to capture these enormous buildings in total, and an excellent night shot as well. V.
gerard belbeoch03-May-2016 07:04
tres tres belle photo
Johnnie Rogers 03-May-2016 06:49
The wide angle really adds impact to this majestic building. Now I am intrigued to find out exactly how Brunelleschi did it! ~v~
JSB PHOTOGRAPHS03-May-2016 05:53
Super wide angle. V
fotabug03-May-2016 05:40
Wow! V
Gerard Koehl03-May-2016 05:16
Superbe architecture. V
elstan03-May-2016 05:10
Spectacular night time shot with very informative documentation. *V*.
Bryan Murahashi03-May-2016 04:54
Very nice photo of this unique looking Duomo. V
Frank Tran03-May-2016 03:47
Very nice wide angle shot. V+
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