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The Most Famous Terracotta Cupola in the World
When Brunelleschi proposed his cupola, in 1418, to the city authorities of Florence, nobody, except him, believed it could be built. They thought it would collapse under its own weight, but through engineering genius not only did it stay up, but 600 years since, the terracotta tiles have withstood the test of time, demonstrating the strength and everlasting beauty of a terracotta roof.
Nevertheless, even these tiles need replacing every now and then and therefore the new city authorities have turned to local manufacturers for replacement tiles made to exact specifications. This area of Tuscany has been making terracotta tiles since 1308 and they supply not just roof tiles but the richest floor tiles as well, as used in the Uffizi Gallery (yes, it’s the same company)
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