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The Pantheon

The Pantheon

Author: Erin Aldana
Understand the major design elements of the Pantheon.
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Terms to Know

Square-shaped elements in the surface of a ceiling or dome, with both a decorative and practical function of lightening the weight.

Corinthian Order

The most recent of the three classical orders of column and also the most refined and decorative, marked by acanthus leaf decorations at the capital.


A vaulted roof element, having a rounded, semicircular or elliptical shape.


A cylindrical stone that forms part of a column.


An “eye” or round hole in the top of a dome that lightens its weight and allows natural light to come in.


Rose-shaped elements, often in the middle of coffers.