The dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, designed by innovative Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi and built in the 1420s-30s, has been a Florentine landmark and mystery for centuries.
The big unknown is exactly how Brunelleschi managed to construct a dome so enormous with an open center and without the use of a wooden support frame. Theories abound but have been difficult to confirm or refute because of the inability to examine the interior structure without destroying the priceless Renaissance paintings on its interior.
But now, after nearly 40 years of research into the nature and structure of the dome, including the recent use of a high-tech optical probe, professor Massimo Ricci is going to present his final conclusions to the public at a live-streaming conference taking part in the city of Florence, this week.
Send in your questions and watch the conference live Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 3pm ET (8pm UT).
More Florentine Images and Inspiration