Geometry (2)

“An architectural genius sent down by heaven to bring new form to an architecture that had gone astray for hundreds of years.” — Vasari

–Doumo, Florence

After a hundred year of construction of the Duomo, the structure was still missing its dome. In 1420 Brunelleschi won the competition to bridge the 138 -foot gap; it  was completed in 1436– after his death.

The dome’s springing point stands 177 feet above ground level. The number of bricks used in the structure may exceed four million. The drawing of Duomo on right is from Wikipedia.

“Heaven willed that Filippo should leave behind him the greatest, tallest, and most beautiful structure of all those built in modern times as well as in antiquity…” — Vasari’s “Life of Filippo Brunelleschi

 See more entries: Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

46 responses

  1. Beautiful image for the theme, Amy. I love the photo taken through the window. :)

    November 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    • Amy

      We climbed to the top of of the tower (next to the Duomo) to get a better shot of the Dome. Happy to hear you like it. :)

      November 4, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  2. Fantastic. I will get there one day!

    November 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    • Amy

      Italy is rich in history, it hard not to fall in love with it…

      November 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  3. nice… thanks for stopping by ♥

    November 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

  4. This duomo is huge! I attended a baptism there. The inside is as magnificent as the outside.
    Love the textures of the images.

    November 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    • Amy

      Did you, Rommel?!! What an awesome experience. Happy to hear your comment.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  5. Amy, I talked about the same dome in my blog of Geometry. We are on the same wave length.

    November 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    • Amy

      I noticed on your post, Valentina. I smiled because I was thinking to do a separated post just for this grand, majestic Domo. :)

      November 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      • Amy, Brunelleschi offers us many topics.

        November 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

        • Amy

          I need to read more about Brunelleschi.

          November 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

  6. I thought that sounded familiar, so I looked through my photos, and sure enough I have a picture of a tiny tiny part of it. For some reason I was fascinated with Giotto’s bell tower (campanile), although I couldn’t have named either one. What a beautiful place. I especially love your geometry on geometry! Lovely, Amy!

    November 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    • Amy

      The history of the Domo is really fascinating. I appreciate your comment, Martha!

      November 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      • I’ll be putting a link to your entry on my post when I get it up. It’s really lovely.

        November 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

        • Amy

          Thank you, Marsha! I got quite a few hits since. :)

          November 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

          • Great! You had a great post!!!

            November 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm

            • Amy

              Thank you, Marsha!!

              November 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  7. So beautiful – and so much additional geometry beyond the dome! Great post! ;-)

    November 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you so much for commenting, TRS! The dome is just too beautiful and so much to learn about the history…

      November 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  8. Veronica Roth

    Gosh, that’s a beauty, isn’t it? I love churches, cathedrals, ruins. I love mooching around in them. What is a curved dome? Differential geometry I think. Nicely done. :)

    November 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    • Amy

      Really is a great place to admire the cathedrals, ruins… Thank you so much for letting me sharing it with you, Veronica!

      November 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

  9. Wonderful shapes for the challenge. ;-)

    November 5, 2012 at 3:28 am

    • Amy

      Amazing architecture work. Thanks for letting me share!

      November 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

  10. You can’t beat the geometry or perfection of that dome! Beautiful shots Amy :-)

    November 5, 2012 at 3:48 am

    • Amy

      I’m so encouraged by your nice comment, Madhu!

      November 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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  12. Beautifully strong! Fascinating

    November 5, 2012 at 8:47 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, Tania! Glad to hear your comment!

      November 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  13. Lovely photos Amy and perfect response to the Weekly Challenge. I would love to see Italy sometime. :)

    November 5, 2012 at 10:08 am

    • Amy

      It’s like every stone has its history in Italy…

      November 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  14. Beautiful geometrical image my friend :)

    November 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

  15. Your post is fabulous, it appears that the whole town has that similar architecture. Great post on theme.

    November 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    • Amy

      Good to see you, Mh! You’re right, there are so many historic buildings to visit in Florence.

      November 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm

  16. This was such a perfect choice for the challenge, Amy. You’ve been to such amazing places.

    November 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    • Amy

      Florence is an amazing historical city. I used to take a year to plan and study the history of these places before we paid the visit, and I also carry the photocopies of my readings with me…

      November 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

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  18. lifeofaministermom

    Absolutely AMAZING!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you! Glad you like it.

      November 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm

  19. Oh, Italy – simply beautiful everywhere…Great shots and great post!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    • Amy

      I agree, simply beautiful everywhere! I appreciate your comment, Ann!

      November 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

  20. Wonderful choice for the theme!

    November 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Anne! Happy to hear from you.

      November 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm

  21. Incredible structure and great shots for this challenge

    November 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for stopping by, Nick! It was an amazing architecture…

      November 9, 2012 at 2:45 pm

  22. Magnificent dome. A work of a genius indeed. A talent whose mind and hands are blessed by heaven’s grace.

    November 10, 2012 at 3:26 am

    • Amy

      Thank you for coming by, IT! Indeed.. “mind and hands are blessed by heaven’s grace.”

      November 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

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