Smithsonian Museum of Natural History-Washington D.C.
Domes from Around the World-A Photo EssayPosted on February 23, 2013
Have you ever visited a building with a dome and just looked up at it? Were it not for the fact that I would sustain a very stiff neck if I did this for too long a period of time, I simply love gazing up at domes. When I visited Washington D.C. last weekend I was thrilled to discover that our first visit of the trip, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, had a magnificent dome in its highly impressive rotunda. And so it brought about my idea for a photo essay of domes from around the world. I definitely have more pictures of them in my photo collection but the ones I’ve featured here I thought were the most stunning to share. And with the exception of the dome at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (it’s up there in age but nothing compared with those in Europe), all of the other domes I’ve included are old…some even ancient. And to me that is the most amazing thing ever when looking up at one–these incredible, awe inspiring buildings that were built long before technological innovations and other modern day tools.
And for anyone who has never been inside the Parthenon in Rome, there is nothing amiss with my picture. The interior is extremely dark as only the light from the oculus and the door provide the only light inside. Does anyone have a particular favorite dome?
Les Invalides-Paris, France
La Mezquita-Cordoba, Spain
Santa Maria Maggiore-Rome, Italy
St. Peter’s Basilica-Vatican City
The Parthenon-Rome, Italy