By the beginning of the 15th century, after a hundred years of construction, the cathedral in Florence was still missing its dome. The original design called for a crowning cupola which would be the largest on Earth. Still, many decades later, no one seemed to have a viable idea of how to build a dome nearly 150 feet across and 180 feet above the ground atop existing walls. Building plans eschewed the flying buttresses and pointed arches of the traditional Gothic style then favored by rival northern cities like Milan, Florence's archenemy.
San Miniato al Monte (St. Minias on the Mountain) is a basilica in Florence. It stands atop one of the highest points in the city, and is described as one of the finest Romaneque structures in Tuscany.
Entrance to the ancient city of Petra comes by walking through a 1.2 kilometer canyon known as the Siq. Rounding the last bend yields the most glorious sight: the first glimpse of The Treasury, a magnificent stone tomb welcoming visitors to the Rose Red City. 🇯🇴