The Pantheon as inspiration

Ever wonder where architects get their ideas for imposing buildings? As I toured London and Rome, I began to realize that plenty look to the Pantheon for inspiration.

First up, the Pantheon’s facade. Imposing. Amazing. About 1850 years old and still going strong. A building to be experienced.

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Then the British Museum. No mistaking that facade.

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Oh, and how about the entrance to Buckingham Palace? A bit more subtle but the basic design is there.

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Even the National Gallery in London has the Pantheon look.

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The 18th century building that houses the Roman baths in Bath, England has a lovely dome with an oculus-style window at the top.

 

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Bringing it closer to home, the U.S. Supreme Court bears a strong resemblance.

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One building. Two thousand years. Many emulations.

 

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