This close up shows you holes in the cement. Our guide Ziggy told us those are holes that have been drilled to add steel (in my mind I though rebar when she talked) for strength.
The Pantheon was a Roman Temple and is now a Church, an active church. The earlier temple was commissioned by Marcaus Agrippa during the rein of Augustus, and completed by Hadrian about 126 A.D. There are several important burials there: Raphael The Painter, Annibale Carracci also a painter, Arcangelo Caorelli a composer, and Baldassare Peruzzi an architect. Raphael perhaps the best known is there on the left where you see the statue.
Close up, but my picture of his name plate didn't turn out, it's beneath this alter. It's been reported that 6 million visitors came to the Pantheon in 2013. This is one of the best preserved Roman buildings, due in part to it's continues use vs buildings that were vacant for a period of time.
Look at the colors walls celing, and floors. Truly a gorgeous building.
The dome, is the world's largest un-reinforced concrete dome in the world..........even now. The only source of light in this large structure is this hole at the top of the dome. Yes...it's open and rain does come in; but the floors are so well made, drainage is done quickly. The knowledge of how to build such a structure all those many many years ago is staggering. ONLY light source aside from a very small grate above the large door and the door itself.
This is an attempt to show you the change in depth over time. Many buildings have what appear to be moats around them, but it's simply a way to show the change over time in where the land was.
A wonderful video to show you the true marvel of the shape and size of this structure. Please turn on your sound and watch this.
**Please pop back in, as we're still touring and it's still only day 3!
Oh my, what a lovely place to visit. I would have loved to explore there.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the video. It helped with the history very well.
Have a fabulous day and week. ♥
Thank you, you as well. I thought the video was very interesting and hope others do as well.Delete
Sandy, loved the video. We visited when we were in Rome, but our guide wasn't as knowledgeable as the video. It is impressive & beautiful.ReplyDelete
I was pretty excited to find the video. Our guide was really good and told us most of that, but I thought the video would explain better than my trying to type it all. I really love the time we spent here.Delete
What an incredible place! Italy is definitely on my bucket list so I hope to visit there one day!ReplyDelete
So good to see you, it's been way too long. Italy was on my bucket list too, and I so happy I got to go. Hope you make it one day.Delete
Wonderful pictures. Rome is just not someplace we ever wanted to visit. But I am sure it was a wonderful trip for you.ReplyDelete
Rome was my least favorite part of the whole trip, too many people, crowds and traffic were really something; but going with a tour group was very helpful.Delete
Wow! Weren't you in awe of how old these beautiful places are! I am so jealous.ReplyDelete