Sunday, June 03, 2007
100th post. Appropriately The Pantheon
Or the temple to All the Gods. Quite possibly the most beautiful building I have ever seen.
It is the only 100% complete Roman building still standing, built 2000 years ago by Marcus Agrippa (watch HBO's Rome!).
Sitting in a (exorbitant omelette and 2 drinks E14) cafe across the square, it didn't take much imagination to picture the Romans in togas streming into the magnificent building. It is the highest/biggest free-standing dome in the world, and has the original Roman marble floors.
The 20 metre hole in the dome room allows the sun to trace the wall inside like a sundial. Although some rain does fall inside, the original drainage takes it away without any fuss.
Of course the Catholics got hold inside where ever they could, so its a bit flash inside :)) Gold and statues, and reliefs, and Raphaels; all housed in this magnificent 2000 year old temple.