|Interior View of the Pantheon, 1734, Giovanni Panini.|
It must have taken a brave draughtsman to tackle a round interior with a
coffered dome on a rectangular canvas before the age of photography.
|Only in an aerial view can one gain |
some feeling for the immense size and
engineering prowess required in erecting
a structure that has survived virtually
intact for some 2,000 years.
|A cross section of the Pantheon gives some indication as to why the building has survived|
floods, fires, wars, earthquakes, not to mention the invading hoards (of tourists).
|The Pantheon is notoriously hard to photograph at street level due to its being hemmed|
in on all sides by modern day buildings and Rome's horriffic vehicular traffic.
|Unlike the Parthenon and Notre Dame de Paris, the Pantheon is downright ugly from|
the rear, owing in large part to its having been merely the centerpiece to a much
larger temple complex in Roman times.
|Touring the Pantheon by boat.|
|Jefferson's Pantheon, University of Virginia,|