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It is a vast structure, larger than the dome of St Pauls Cathedral, wider than Romes Parthenon and bigger than the dome of St Peters Basilica in the Vatican. It is Britains biggest unsupported dome and was, for over two decades, the worlds biggest such structure. This nineteenth century wonder was built to create a roof over the middle of an eighteenth century octagonal building.
So what great civic architecture warranted such a record-breaking construction? A great cathedral? A town hall or assembly rooms? Perhaps a new opera house or theatre? And which of Britains great cities is home to this vast dome? It is, in fact, the Derbyshire Dome in Buxton, Derbyshire. It was a late Victorian design to provide a roof over the open middle of the eighteenth century stable block, supporting the buildings transformation into the Devonshire Royal Hospital.
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