Friday, August 8, 2008

The Pantheon

The Pantheon
Begun 117, dedicated 126-28 C.E.
associated with Hadrian
Image courtesy of Mary Ann Sullivan, Bluffton University

The Pantheon (temple of all the gods). A temple turned church (the reason for its survival) fronted with Corinithian coloumns, the porch provides entrance into a round vaulted hall topped 27 feet up with a circular opening, the only window in the room. This singular oculus provides enough light from above. The simple exterior gives no allusion to the interior you experience once inside.

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