About The Show
Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labour of entire towns, sometimes taking nearly a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists search the naves, bays and bell towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on Earth came true. The teams perform hands-on experiments to investigate and reveal the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their soaring, glass-filled walls. On this dazzling journey inside the jewels of Gothic architecture, they reveal the hidden formulas, ripped from the pages of the Bible, that drove medieval builders ever upward.

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