Alongside the ruins, there is the tomb of Filippo Brunelleschi.  Who is he, you might ask?  Well, he was a genius, that’s who he was.  He built la cupola, the dome, of the church in an extremely inventive way, which is a little complicated to explain.  Long story short, he not only revised the way we work with perspective today, he also created a new technique of building domes, which we still use today as well.  It’s really complicated and confusing still to me but trust me on this – it was a new way.  (There’s a book that I read for a class, Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King that explains it all very well.)  Anyways – it was very exciting seeing his tomb and climbing up his dome.  (taken 10.1.2015)