Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Architecture Lesson #1

Let us take a break from the gripping Tales of Adventure in San Diego for a brief discussion in the history of architecture.

Consider the Pantheon in Rome, photographed here during my trip to Italy last summer:



The Pantheon was built by Emperor Hadrian, around 120 a.d. As it was converted into a catholic church sometime around 609 a.d., it survived antiquity intact. The marble interior is mostly the original Roman marble [except for the upper portion, which was re-done in the rennaisance, in an effort to improve it. Funny.] The huge bronze doors are believed to be the only ones in the world to have survived since antiquity. Almost all of the bronze from the ancient world was melted down in the aptly named Dark Ages for re-casting as weaponry.





The tremendous thing about the space itself is that the interior height of the dome is equal to the diameter of the great round chamber.



3 Comments:

Blogger froggyknits.com said...

your photograpy is amazing!

2:29 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Mel said...

OK Kenny, how are you doing these collages? I mean they are way terrific, and yet they must be easier than just printing all the photos and pasting them together ala David Hockney.

3:57 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

You went to see the Pantheon? You are so lucky! I love European architecture, it's just so old. Not like the stuff we have out here in the west. I mean, imagine living in a house that is a 1000 years old, rather than just 100. It boggles the mind.

7:45 AM  

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