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Dome of St. Peter's basilica found stronger than expected

Catholic World News - April 06, 2011

Structural engineers examining the dome of St. Peter's basilica have found that the building is even stronger than previously believed.

Using high-tech instruments, the study found that the stone of the dome is supported by 7 iron rings, whereas it had been thought to have only 2 such rings. The dome, built in the 16th century, was constructed using the equivalent of today's reinforced concrete.

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  • Posted by: diakonos - Apr. 06, 2011 8:32 PM ET USA

    The barque of Peter is stronger than anyone suspects, as well!

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