Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution
Isabel del Rio

Domes represent the universe. From Mesopotamia and old Persian times, there has been a obsession of people to build great domes. However, it’s a very difficult task, maybe the most difficult task for an architect.

One of the oldest, still a false one but still the dome with the largest diameter in the world, is the Pantheon in Rome (126 AD). Marvelous!

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

Pantheon in Rome

Some centuries later, the Byzantine emperor Justinian ordered to build Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Beautiful on the outside but more beautiful on the inside.

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

Hagia Sophia

During the Middle Ages, few great domes were built in the Western World. However, this one of the Zamora Cathedral (Spain) is notable for its originality. Tiles mimic fish scales!

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

Zamora Cathedral

Of course, it was during the Renaissance, when they started to be built by professional architects as Brunelleschi in Florence (Italy). Then Florence cathedral has been the model to follow during centuries.

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

Cathedral of Florence (Italy)

In the end, we have St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, in vogue these days for the election of Pope Francisco.

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

St. Peter’s Basilica

Majestic it’s St. Paul’s cathedral in London. A symbol for British people during the Second World War.

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

St. Paul’s cathedral in London

Today, with our new materials, it’s possible to build original shapes. The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, could be a good example.

Enjoy the day, Yareah magazine friends! Spring is coming and art is everywhere!

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

Most Wonderful Domes and Their Evolution

Definition: A dome can be thought of as an arch which has been rotated around its central vertical axis.

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