Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalism

Every week WordPress run a photo challenge based around a one-word theme.

This week’s topic is “minimalism.”

Minimalism means clean lines and a functional rather than decorative design. And although minimalism is a modern artistic phenomenon, the one thing that always comes to mind is the extraordinary 2000-year old dome of the Pantheon in Rome.

The inside of the 2000 year old concrete dome of the Pantheon, Rome

The inside of the 2000 year old concrete dome of the Pantheon, Rome

The simple design of the concrete dome that is breathtaking. Made up of five symmetrical rows of ever decreasing sunken panels which rise towards the sky, the dome is constructed from 2000-year-old concrete, which the Romans also invented.

And, unbelievably, the Pantheon’s gloriously minimal dome is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. Built in 125 AD the dome is 43.3m in diameter in contrast to St Paul’s in London at 34m or St Peter’s Basilica in Rome whose dome is 42m across.

The sun beam hits the inside of the dome via the 9m wide oculus

The sun hits the inside of the dome via the 9m wide oculus

So next time you’re in Rome, make sure you visit the Pantheon, avoiding the horse drawn carriages parked outside. It is undoubtedly one of the best-preserved buildings built by the Romans and used engineering technology way ahead of its time. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the Ancient Romans’ handiwork.

The Pantheon, Piazza della Rotunda, Roma

The Pantheon, Piazza della Rotunda, Roma

Useful information

Official website  www.pantheonroma.com/it/home.html

Address – Piazza della Rotonda, Roma

Opening hours

Monday-Saturday: 8.30 am – 7.30 pm
Sunday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Midweek Holidays: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Closed: January 1, May 1, December 25

Visits are not allowed during Masses (Holidays: 10.30 am; Saturday: 5.00 pm)

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6 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge – Minimalism

  1. Sandi says:

    I love the way you got the fountain and the Pantheon in the same shot! I visited it, long ago, on a cold March day, when the sun was hiding. I need to see it again when I’m not shivering.

    • lizbert1 says:

      Thanks Sandi, I had fun trying to photograph the fountain without getting soaked but glad it worked!!! And I’d definitely recommend another visit – every time I go I discover something new and the Pantheon never stops impressing me! Cheers!

  2. suggs69 says:

    Best building in Rome. Love it

    • lizbert1 says:

      Me too, its one of my favourite buildings in the world just for the audacity of the technology which still hasn’t been surpassed 2000 years later!!! The Romans rock!!

  3. suggs69 says:

    Always wondered, was the sun used in there as a time keeper?

    • lizbert1 says:

      It was linked to the solar cycle but its thought that the seasonal cycle was more significant. I don’t think it works as a sundial but it certainly has important days like the solstices and equinoxes. I’ll do another (longer) post on the Pantheon soon….!

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