15th century scale model of Florence cathedral found

Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Archaeologists working near the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Florence have found a small brick dome which they believe might be a scale model for the cathedral which was built by Filippo Brunelleschi between 1420 – 1436.

“Although at the moment we cannot confirm the small dome was the demostration model for Brunelleschi’s plans, it did belong to the yard he created between 1420 and 1436, when he worked at one of the most incredible feats of engineering,” Gurrieri said.

One of the most instantly recognizable churches in the world, the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore is the highest and widest (143 feet in diameter) masonry dome in the world.

For centuries scholars have wondered how the Florentine architect could roof the huge octagonal of the Cathedral using not concrete and steel, but 25,000 tonnes of stone, timber and brick — and no scaffoldings.

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Story: Rosella Lorenzi, Discovery News | Photo: Discovery News

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