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 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.
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.
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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