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Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 39

Building In The Name Of God

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 18, 2006 on The History Channel
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Building In The Name Of God
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The greatest religious structures are marvels of engineering, technology, and invention, representing not only the glory of God, but also the ingenuity of man.
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      • Hagia Sophia is a Greek name meaning "divine wisdom." Today, it is the fourth largest cathedral in the world.

      • The north rose-window of the Cathedral of Notre Dame measures 42 feet across and supports an immense expanse of glass – 1300 square feet in total. It took stonemasons and glaziers 10 years to build this window alone.

      • Builders used about 100,000 wooden beams and 50 tons of iron to build St. Peter's dome. The weight of the dome wall if 14,000 tons.

      • The central nave of the Sagrada Familia is expected to be fully enclosed and ready for mass by 2008. It should hold about 13,000 worshipers.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Stretching to the Heavens, five landmark churches that pushed the boundaries of engineering to the limit. Sometimes with amazing results, sometimes with disastrous outcomes, these awe inspiring structures rewrote the engineering rulebook, defying those who doubted they could ever be built. Now, Building In The Name of God, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Commentators:

        Dr. George Gorse
        Art Historian

        Professor John Freely
        Author & Historian

        Dr. Caroline Goodson
        Medieval Historian

        Robert Scott
        Author, The Gothic Enterprise

        Dr. Scott Steedman
        Civil Engineer

        Andrew Tallon
        Medieval Art Historian

        Professor Andrew Hopkins
        Architectural Historian

        Professor William Tronzo
        Art Historian

        Gijs van Hensbergen
        Biographer of Antoni Gaodi

        Dr. Robert M. Schuler
        Founding Pastor, Crystal Cathedral

        Arnold (Ry) Pressman
        Builder

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