Dome of the Pantheon, Rome - Tracy McCrackin Photography
Dome of the Pantheon, Rome - Tracy McCrackin Photography

Dome of the Pantheon, Rome

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The Pantheon is situated on the site of an earlier structure of the same name, built around 25 B.C. by statesman Marcus Agrippa, and is thought to have been designed as a temple for Roman gods. The structure’s name is derived from the Greek words pan, meaning “all,” and theos, meaning “gods.”

The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved monuments of ancient Rome. The structure completed around 126-128 A.D., during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. Made primarily from bricks and concrete, the Pantheon consists of three sections: a portico with granite columns, and a massive domed rotunda and a rectangular area connecting the other two sections. 

Measuring 142 feet in diameter, the domed ceiling was the largest of its kind when it was built. At to the top of the dome sits an opening, or oculus, 27 feet in width. The oculus, which has no covering, lets light—as well as rain and other weather—into the Pantheon.

The walls and floor of the rotunda are decorated with marble and gilt and the domed ceiling contains five rings of 28 rectangular coffers. When the artist Michelangelo saw the Pantheon, centuries after its construction, he reportedly said it was the design of angels, not of man. The Pantheon proved an important influence for the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, as well as countless architects who followed, in Europe and beyond.

Thomas Jefferson modeled both Monticello (his home) as well as the Rotunda building at the University of Virgina after it.  The U.S. Capitol rotunda and various other American state capitols were also inspired by it's beauty and functionality.  Add this stunning image of the "Dome of the Pantheon," to your collection of architectural images.  Your image will be printed using high-quality papers with a high color accuracy, which guarantees that your prints will last a lifetime without fading.