Back to the Pantheon, on entering the interior and looking up, the large dome reveals a 9 metre (30 foot) hole, or oculus in the centre. This was a deliberate part of Hadrian's design, intended to allow those inside the building a direct contemplation of the heavens. It's also a dramatic source of light, especially on sunny days like it was here. The concrete dome measures 44.4 metres (242.5 feet) in diameter, being greater in size than the dome of St Peters, and is exactly the same height as the building from floor to oculus. It was the world's largest concrete dome until 1958, when it was superseded by the CNIT building in Paris.
I might add that, when it rains, there are drainage holes in the marbled floor so it doesn't flood!
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|Camera:||Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||Sigma 10-20mm EX DC HSM |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||12 Sep 2012 - 3:45 PM|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture Priority|