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The largest masonry dome on earth, Florence's cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is a masterpiece of ingenuity and a source of mystery. Historians and engineers have long debated how its architect, kept the dome perfectly aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. bricklayers will help build an experimental, mini-Duomo, using period tools and techniques.
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PBSNOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery DVD
 
4.8

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4.0

Florence's Dome

By Raul

from Folsom,CA.

Comments about PBS NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery DVD:

Looks like the mystery is solved: just a little sad that they glossed over the many obstacles that Brunelleschi overcame while building the dome. Ross King was in the DVD but no mention made of his book 'Brunelleschi's Dome'; should have been suggested reading or a companion highlight. Could have been great with a little more time.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fascinating!

By Fiona

from King George, VA

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery DVD:

I shared this with friends who do masonry and lay brick. They enjoyed it just as much as I did. Really enjoyed learning the very clever techniques that went into creating this Renaissance masterpiece.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

mystery of the dome solved

By Dale, the Librarian

from Chesapeake.Virginia

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery DVD:

The mystery of the dome of the Santa Maria fel Fiore has long been studied. Now, here is a visual presentation of just how the dome was actually constructed and the unknown challenge of each brick of the dome is explored in great detail.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Documentary

By pereece

from Coal City, Il

Comments about PBS NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery DVD:

This is a great show for anyone who is interested in architecture.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Brunelleschi's Secrets

By Matt

from Charleston, WV

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Great Cathedral Mystery DVD:

This is an awesome program for anyone who has read about or been to Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Brunelleschi's accomplishment is amazing and is a standing testament to the power of creative thinking.

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