I think my favorite sight in Rome was the Pantheon. That’s not to slight all of the other amazing scenes and architecture. The Pantheon is simply amazing in many different ways. First of all, it’s been standing for nearly 1900 years. Given the state of other architecture in Rome, that’s remarkable. Secondly, it stands amidst a dense urban area. Surely some other higher use for the land the Pantheon stands upon has been contemplated. Finally – and most significantly – it’s just an amazing feat of engineering. How did the Romans build something so sophisticated, beautiful, and enduring? For that matter, why did they build it, especially the oculus?
I don’t know the answers to those questions, but it certainly doesn’t diminish my admiration of the building. I think I would very much enjoy standing inside the Pantheon during a Roman thunderstorm watching raindrops drift down through the oculus and watching lightning flash while standing safely inside. I’m not bemoaning the perfect weather we had during our visit, but that space in particular would be amazing to experience in dramatic weather conditions.
Even though the engineering is spectacular, the interior decoration is beautiful as well. The color scheme of the structure is fitting for its use and could have been built in this century. That the look of the building has endured for centuries is a testament to great design. I hope this image does justice to the great beauty of the Pantheon. Enjoy.