Cupola, Dome, and Tower
Gallery Four

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Front elevation.  Uses a 3 shelled dome.  Note cupola on top.  That's where we are heading. Interior view beneath central dome.  Innermost dome was a half sphere.  Outermost is elongated to provide a more pleasing exterior appearance. Exterior view of the dome's columnated base (lower drum) as seen from the roof over one of the aisles. Interior view of lower (innermost) dome with oculus (hole at top of dome).  Middle dome with allegorical painting can be seen beyond.
J. G. Soufflot, Pantheon
(a.k.a. St. Genevieve)
1758-89. Paris, France
Interior view looking down from lower drum of dome.
J. G. Soufflot
Pantheon, 1758-
89. Paris, France
J. G. Soufflot
Pantheon, 1758-
89. Paris, France
J. G. Soufflot
Pantheon, 1758-
89. Paris, France
Interior view looking down through innermost dome's oculus. Room at top of outermost dome, just below the cupola.  Spiral stair leads to cupola.  The floor here was covered with dead pidgeons. View from cupola toward Eiffel tower.  Lots of guano and dead birds here too.
J. G. Soufflot, Pantheon
(a.k.a. St. Genevieve)
1758-89. Paris, France
Bridge between innermost and middle dome.
J. G. Soufflot, Pantheon
(a.k.a. St. Genevieve)
1758-89. Paris, France
J. G. Soufflot
Pantheon, 1758-
89. Paris, France
J. G. Soufflot
Pantheon, 1758-
89. Paris, France
J. G. Soufflot
Pantheon, 1758-
89. Paris, France

"While from a proud tower in the town, Death looks gigantically down."

- Edgar Allen Poe, The City in the Sea, 1831, st. 3.


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