The oculus inside the temple of gods

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Pantheon Rome

It was first built (in 27 BC) as a 'temple to all gods'. The word Pantheon is a Greek adjective meaning “honor all Gods”. This former pagan temple was turned into a Catholic church in Rome sometime 609 AD. However, in doing so all pagan imagery was removed and replaced with Christian decoration. Holes can still be seen on the pediment of the facade where pagan bronze adornments have been stripped.

It is called "Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres,” or “Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs.” But to most people it is simply known as the "Pantheon".

The most fascinating part of the Pantheon is its giant dome, with its famous hole in the top (oculus). The building is circular in shape with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns under a pediment .

A circular opening known as the oculus lets the only light in to the Pantheon. The Oculus is about 30 feet (8.8 metres) in diameter. During the day the light coming through the oculus and moves around the inside of the Pantheon in a reverse sundial effect. The floor of the Pantheon is slanted to let rainwater drain from the building. The purpose of the oculus was not only to illuminate the interior but it was also built to let those in the temple contemplate the heavens.

One of the most remarkable things about the Pantheon is that the inside dome is as high as it is wide. The height to the oculus (and the diameter of the interior circle) is 142 feet (43 m).

Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings.

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