Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

The Pantheon, deux…

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A year ago when we visited Florence, I discovered the beauty of photographing domes, especially Capella dei Pazzi. Partially the light within the space and partially the curved lines lend themselves to beautiful photos. The Pantheon has an interior that reinforced my conviction that domes are one of my favorite things.
From the entrance portico…

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The dome is supported by four massive pillars that are fronted by sculptures that honor parts of the Revolution from writers and orators to military figures.

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Foucault’s pendulum is in the center under the dome and it shows the rotation of the earth.
The walls are decorated with maroufle paintings that are done on canvas and then glued to the walls.

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In a room off to the side there was a maquette that shows the construction of the building from the crypt to the three domes that fit inside each other.

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This small room also had a lovely ceiling.

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The first dome has an oculus that opens into the second and shows the fresco on that dome.

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This exhibit was also taking place, but no pictures allowed.

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The National Convention by Sicard (1921-24). Marianne surrounded by members of parliament and soldiers from the year II (the second year after the foundation of the French Republic in 1792. It is also inscribed with “Live free or die.”
We went down into the crypt…

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Rousseau’s tomb

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Voltaire’s

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When we went back up stairs we found the inscription that honors Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the museum store was filled with every possible edition of The Little Prince.

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Going outside…

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the weddings were in full swing

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and there was the tower

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Time for lunch and we headed off for a nearby restaurant but it ended up closed so we sat down to regroup and make another plan.

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Lovely thing about Paris is the places to sit to ponder what to do next…

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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3 thoughts on “The Pantheon, deux…

  1. Welcome
    Another magical, fantastic post.
    Pantheon, a sacred place for every nation.
    French Pantheon, is a real treasure trove.
    Wonderful, romantic images.
    Thank you that you took me with him on this journey.
    I send greetings.
    Lucja

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