Siena's bottini system was functioning as the city's primary water source until 1914.
Brunelleschi was granted the first modern patent for his invention of a river transport vessel.
Brunelleschi used more than four million bricks in the construction of the dome.
DaVinci and Michelangelo, while best known for their works of art, also worked as military engineers during the Renaissance.
Narrator: After the Dark Ages Italy lit up the world. It emerged from the devastating cloud of the Black Death and brought innovation, spectacle and the glorification of man. It was an explosion of new ideas from some of the greatest minds of all time. It produced some of the greatest works of architecture, art and engineering the world has ever known. But achieving such genius was a struggle, as builders battled unprecedented natural disaster, church dogma and each other. This was the age of architects and it created a bold new sense that nothing was impossible.
Author, Fire In The City
New York University
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