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Studying Math in Church

05/06/2016 02:39pm ET | Updated May 7, 2017

In Florence, the Church of San Lorenzo is a great example of how Renaissance architecture is poetry -- stony, mathematical, and timeless poetry. You'll need to turn up the volume to better hear my guide, Alessandra, riff in a stream of consciousness manner about the mathematical underpinnings of all this beauty. And even though I don't really get it, I'm happy to simply enjoy it and accept the fact that this visual harmony is not accidental, but logical. Next time you're in a Renaissance church, enjoy the math.

This is Day 24 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Romania, and beyond. Find more at blog.ricksteves.com.

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