Eye to the Heavens

Smartypants Chick Goes to Roma

IMG_7277When I was reading Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr, he describes the oculus of the Pantheon and how it sucks your vision upwards, to the high ceiling dome as soon as you walk in. He describes his desire to see snowflakes fall through the oculus, drifting down in the pool of light that comes in. Of course, there was no snow in September when I found myself living in Rome but visiting the Pantheon, especially after reading Doerr’s book, was one of the things that I had to do.

Prior to visiting, I had read up a bit on this ancient church which was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus and rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian around 126 AD. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. To think that this was built without any…

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