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The Pantheon

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 | 7 comments

This building doesn’t really need any sort of introduction of explanation from me. The Pantheon is one of those pieces of architecture that takes my breath away every time I see it. I especially love the coffered ceiling, which I’ve captured here. A mastery of engineering and architecture, the coffers are both functional (they reduce the weight of the dome) and decorative. I’ve noticed when taking photos of architecture that I’m most attracted to either lines, curves, or geometric detail and I also tend to like black and white to emphasize those aspects. I underexposed this photo quite a bit to highlight the shadow and light coming off the coffers.

I took this photo on a Sunday afternoon and it made me remember why I’m not usually going into the historic center on a weekend afternoon….it was insane! My best time to see it is (big shock) later at night when the throngs of people are gone. Of course, you can’t go inside, but that’s ok, it’s still good from outside

Before I sign off, I want to thank Jennifer for posting a nice interview with me over on her La Dolce Vita blog, The Sweet Life. If you want to know a bit more about me, then take a look….if not, don’t worry, I won’t be offended (and I won’t know anyway).


  1. This is my favorite building in Rome. I past it at least three time a week and it never fails to astound me.

  2. I love the Pantheon too. Love the history and the building itself. I also like Bernini’s baby elephant by the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva near by.

  3. … and the photo is breathtaking, too πŸ™‚

  4. very nice capture. It is very artsy!

  5. E’ anche il mio monumento preferito di Roma. Se sei andata quest’ultima domenica capisco perfettamente il termine ‘insane’, ci sono stato anche io e la quantita’ di gente in centro nelle prime domeniche di primavera e’ veramente troppo alto per gustarsi correttamente la bellezza dei monumenti πŸ˜‰
    Complimenti per il bianco e nero e per la composizione. Brava!

  6. Mi hai fatto ricordare che al Phanteon ci devo assolutamente andare…o meglio, lΓ¬ vicino, alla Tazza d’Oro. E’ sempre un piacere passare sul tuo blog πŸ™‚ belle le foto e anche l’intervista πŸ˜›
    ciao πŸ™‚

  7. NYC and Dolca Diva – Yes, I think is tops of my list. So funny you mention the elephant, I took a photo of that as well.

    Honza and Julie – Thank you for the compliment on my photo

    Truemilk – Si’ ci stavo proprio questa domenica….era orribile con tutte le persone. Grazie per il complimento sul foto…haha dalla foto non si rende conto che sotto nel monumento ci sono 1000 persone

    Suali – Devi andarci ma ti prego di non andare prima dalle 17 o troverai una bella quantita’ di gente. E’ sempre un piacere di averti passare al mio blog!

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