Pantheon in Rome

Posted on March 13, 2013. Filed under: Travel | Tags: , , , |

Travel - Rome Pantheon 1Here we are at the Pantheon in Rome, Italy.  This building is one of the best-preserved of all ancient Roman buildings.  It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church.  Because it is still a church today one can come and go for free and admire this amazing place!  As we walked around Rome we would say, “Hey, the Pantheon’s just over there, should we duck in before we head home?”  It was fun to see the place in different light and times of day.

Travel - Rome Pantheon 2                         Travel - Rome Pantheon 3

The picture on the left shows you the enormous original bronze doors (amazing that they survived, most of the bronze and marble were harvested for other projects over the centuries!)  The floor gently slopes to drain water from the building and water does come in when it rains or snows through the oculus, or opening to the sky in the center of the poured concrete dome (right picture.)  It is amazing to think about Brunelleschi and Michelangelo studying this dome to learn about the physics so they could build their own – Brunelleschi in Florence and Michelangelo, St. Peter’s.

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