The "new" dome is installed on the inside of an existing antique stone dome. The lightweight carbon structure has been built as a second skin and carries its own weight. It therefore does not add any additional stress to the existing structure.
The specific weight of composites varies between 1.5 and 2.0 compared to 2.7 to 7.8 for aluminium and steel.
In general, fibre reinforced plastics outperform metals (e.g. steel and aluminium) in strength.
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