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Brunelleschi’s Dome



RT will never forget the first time he saw the Dome of Florence on a trip taken during High School. It rocked his teenage world: such beauty, dignity, and perfection. Filippo Brunelleschi, its builder, brilliant, irascible, has remained a symbol to him of the trials and achievements of genius.

What are the origins of genius? And why do places as well as people produce (at least periods) of amazing creativity? The Rag Tree will be taking up these questions (it is to be hoped 😉 ) in the near future, and a quagga or two might be sighted in to the process…. 🙂 …. RT


Photograph: Interior of the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore; Florence. User: JoJan. WikiCmns; Public Domain.


  1. April 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Yes, a glorious building; you could say the Duomo’s dome ‘dominates’ Florence, but that is only one aspect of its splendour and innovation and stupendousness. Outside, as well as inside, it’s a joy to behold.

    If you ever go back, climb the dome’s steps, visit the circular gallery and clamber out onto the roof. You won’t regret it.

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