Photo by Jim LaneThough in remarkably
good condition for its age,
the Pantheon's towering
Corinthian columns tend
to show its age.
Photo by Jim LaneOne of four huge, arched niches.
The Pantheon was the second stop, after the Trevi Fountain (more on that sometime in the future). In a city full of old buildings where nothing ever gets torn down, the Pantheon is not just old, it's ancient. Massive and ancient, those are the two first impressions upon approaching and entering the one time Roman temple, now called Santa Maria della Rotonda. The modest (for Rome, at least) plaza fronting the temple/church is known as Plaza della Rotonda. Like virtually every other self-respecting plaza in Rome, it sports it's own obelisk. I can't remember if this one is authentically Egyptian or just a two-thousand-year-old Roman copy. In any case the Italians ought to double the plaza's size, given the enormous mass and importance of this ancient Roman landmark.
Photo by Jim LaneThe glare of the sun through the oculus in the darkened chamber makes for bad photography, but underscores the visual power of this predictable lighting device.
Photo by Jim LaneThe tempting, civilized way to see Rome, silhouetted against the jumbled,
touristy plaza crowding in on the ancient Roman landmark.
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