Fillipo Brunelleschi: The Giant Room In The Cathedral

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In 1418, the Florentine fathers wanted to solve the problem of the giant hole in the ceiling of the cathedral in Florence, so they announced a contest for the ideal dome design with a prize of 200 gold florins and “eternal fame” to whoever presented the best design. Filippo Brunelleschi presented a design that consisted of two domes, but refused to reveal many of the details of the design until after his design had been chosen out of fear that his ideas would be stolen. Some of the fears with building a dome were, “Could a dome weighing thousands of tons stay up above the existing walls? Was there enough timber to build a dome? Could a dome be built above an octagonal floor plan without it collapsing inward?” Brunelleschis’ design answered

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