Great Cathedral Mystery

Great Cathedral Mystery

DVD - 2014
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
ISBN: 9781608830459
Branch Call Number: NA5621.F63 G
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Additional Contributors: PBS Distribution (Firm)
Uniform Title: Nova (Television program)


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Nov 21, 2018

A film exploring and giving rudimentary explanations of the historical aspects, design and building challenges of the dome of the cathedral of Florence. Its well paced and the information is given in intervals that maintains the interest of the viewer.

Aug 21, 2016

I thought the show was very interesting. I had read Brunelleschi's Dome for book club. I didn't even know this magnificent dome existed before that. I am not well enough educated to follow the written descriptions in the book. It all made sense to me as I could see it in this PBS production.

Jan 05, 2015

Perhaps best for someone with no previous knowledge about the subject, this documentary nonetheless provides interest as it looks at an architectural engima in Florence and the man who designed it.

Jun 07, 2014

I'm surprised at NOVA. There isn't anything new here about the dome though some guy is building a scale model nearby which apparently wasn't documented from the beginning. The herringbone brickwork is really old news.


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