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Did you know … Florence Cathedral has the largest brick dome ever constructed?

Did you know … Florence Cathedral has the largest brick dome ever constructed?  It was engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 1420’s

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (English, “Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower”) is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothicstyle to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered byFilippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade by Emilio De Fabris.

The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site covering the historic centre of Florence and are a major attraction to tourists visiting the region of Tuscany. The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches, and until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. Want to learn more click on this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Cathedral

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