How did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights?
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spider web of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are a marvel of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights?
On Nova‘s “Building the Great Cathedrals,” an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on Earth came true.
Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stones. Now, many teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse.
Nova‘s “Building the Great Cathedrals” airs Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9/8 pm CT on KET and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 6/5 pm CT on KET2.