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The Pantheon in Rome was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa in 31 BCE as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. The Pantheon is the best-preserved Roman building and has been in continuous use for over 2000 years. Since the 7th century CE, it has been used as a Roman Catholic church. Shown here is the coffered, concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 43.3 metres (142 ft). The oculus at the dome's apex and the entry door are the only sources of light in the interior. Throughout the day, the light from the oculus moves around this space in a sort of reverse sundial effect. The oculus also serves as a cooling and ventilation method. During storms, a drainage system below the floor handles the rain that falls through the oculus.
FEATURED PHOTO, USA Artist News LIMIT 1 Daily group 11/23/12
November 23rd, 2012
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