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Left: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, AD 1626; Middle: Taj Mahal, Agra, AD 1648; Right: Gol Gumbad, Bijapur, AD 1656

From: Tom Mueller and Dave Yoder, "Brunelleschi's Dome", National Geographic Magazine (NGM), Vol. 225, No. 2, February 2014.

Sources for this slide:
ST. PETER'S BASILICA: Luca Virgilio of the Ufficio Tecnico Della Fabbrica di San Pietro.
TAJ MAHAL: Ebba Koch of the University of Vienna.
GOL GUMBAD: George Michell

Text by A.R. Williams and NGM staff:

ST. PETER'S BASILICA: "Inspired by Florence's dome, artist Michelangelo designed this grand ribbed vault. Though it reaches a towering 437 feet, its interior space is smaller than that of IL DUOMO."

TAJ MAHAL: "Crowning the tombs of Emperor Shah Jahan and his favorite wife, this dome swells in a bulbous shape borrowed from Persia. The smaller inner shell creates an intimate interior chamber."

GOL GUMBAD: "Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah's mausoleum displays a style of funerary architecture that was typical of southern India. Its base takes the shape of a cube, and its dome is a half sphere."

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