Recommendation by Lemi
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral) is the utmost proof of what the Medicis were capable of. The cathedral’s egg-shaped dome is comprised of more than four million bricks and weighs 37,000 tonnes. Even more remarkably, no pillars support the dome’s integrity! It was an unprecedented feat in engineering and to this day experts are still trying to work out the secret to success. Cosimo de’ Medici had the answer: Filippo Brunelleschi, an artisan with unbridled and unusual genius. Il Vecchio endorsed Brunelleschi to engineer the dome for the unfinished cathedral. It was the most prestigious project of their age, to the extent that Cosimo invited the Pope himself to conduct the cathedral’s consecration.