The Pantheon Essay

2897 Words Dec 15th, 2012 12 Pages
The Pantheon One of the more inspiring and brilliantly conceived and constructed dome structures in the world is the Pantheon of Rome. This example imposes a magnificent strength of ingenuity and dominance over their surrounding landscape, and the Pantheon deserves to be researched and admired for its architecturally innovative and bold design of its time. The building was accommodated with serious technical impediments that required a thorough and scrutinizing attention to detail in order to overcome. It is because of the prevailed obstacles by the various designers, architects and builders of this building that captures the consideration of those interested in the development of building technology and progress throughout the …show more content…
The composition of the Pantheon may seem like an odd mixture to some. To understand this more one must realize that the modern structure has been rebuilt and basically two buildings were adjoined together as one. A variety of compositional elements have been employed to create a pleasing and completely balanced work of art. The building is symmetrical and evenly split when bifurcated by an imaginary line straight down the middle. This symmetry works well for the structure’s composition as a whole for the impressive eminence of the dome is achieved through symmetry as well.
The Pantheon is perhaps the basis for all large area dome structures throughout the history of dome architecture. In fact, the Pantheon is often referred to as an architectural “point zero” and a “fountainhead of influence” regarding the dome structure (Benedetti). Built by Emperor Hadrian in 118-125 AD, the Pantheon is most commonly believed to be a structure dedicated to all gods (Dio). The Pantheon is believed to have received its name due to many of the statues honoring the gods erected around the structure. Although this beginning intention for the Pantheon is somewhat romantic in its essence, later in its history (after the massive acceptance of Christianity by the Italians in general) the buildings purpose lost some of its religious fervor by becoming a poultry market. However, the

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