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When in Rome, Skip the Sistine Chapel

By Jessica Stewart - 2014-01-21T15:35:39Z

Photograph by Jessica Stewart

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It may not be painted, but that doesn't make the Pantheon's ceiling any less impressive. A marvel of ancient engineering, the dome’s coffered ceiling helps alleviate weight while giving a pleasing geometric pattern. The stone dome thins as it moves toward the oculus, again allowing for a decrease in weight as the dome moves toward its weakest point. While you may face large crowds within the Pantheon, especially on weekends, it's well worth the effort to see a building that has influenced architects across the globe.

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