Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Pantheon, Rome



The Pantheon building is one of the best preserved buildings from the ancient Rome times, found in Rome, Italy. It is a temple which is dedicated to the pagan Rome gods. It is another of the marvelous projects of Emperor Hadrian. Its architecture has very fascinating features, a factor that contributes to how much it stands out. It had a sculpture acting out the Titans battle and gold covering its bronze doors, all which disappeared a long time ago.




The cella has large doors made of bronze and were once covered in gold. The doors are quite ancient, although they are not the original doors. The doors that are currently there were mounted in the 15th century.



Originally, steps were used to approach the building. Constructions later raised the ground level which eliminated the steps. Bronze relief sculpture decorated the pediment, with the holes that mark the location of the sculpture’s clamps indicating that the design was probably an eagle.





732 workers took more than three years to build the Pantheon. The granite columns on the porch were actually quarried in the eastern mountains of Egypt. The 60 tons columns were each dragged for more than 62 miles on sledges to rive Nile. They were then floated using barge to the Mediterranean Sea where vessels carried them to Ostia, a Roman port. Further transportation on barges took place up the River Tiber to Rome where rollers were then used to drags them to site.






The pantheon, built at the center of Rome, is a short walking distance from the Via del Corso, Tiber River and many more attractions. Buses can’t reach the Pantheon because the streets are too narrow. No metro station is found nearby.  64, 60 and 40 are among the many buses that shuttle between the city centre and the Vatican.


6 comments:

  1. Oliver3/01/2015

    The Romans are well known for elaborate architecture and this is just one more fine example. While the French are more famous for their lavish interior decorations, always seekers of comfort and refined living.

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    1. I love ancient Roman architectures.

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  2. Such a masterful monument to history still standing these days. I really love seeing such a place still around to this day. Many places in Rome seem to be still standing even in the bad times. This is the architecture I wish more places would try to copy again. So cool!

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    1. They are really great and all those attractions are walking distance from each other.

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  3. I have already bookmarked this site because history and tourism are my special areas of interest and you have been so exceptional in your write-ups, historic location to discuss and wonderful pictures. I would love to see a stand alone page just for pictures alone. Nice work Kate.

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    1. So glad to hear that. (: My iphone did all the jobs.

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