Domes from Around the World-A Photo Essay

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 onethese 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?

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History-Washington D.C.

Les Invalides-Paris, France
La Mezquita-Cordoba, Spain

Santa Maria Maggiore-Rome, Italy

St. Peter’s Basilica-Vatican City

The Parthenon-Rome, Italy

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  • Reply
    February 25, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Wow! The dome of the La Mezquita in Cordoba is beautiful! When we were there, the whole area was under plastic for renovations. You need to add the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque in Istanbul to your list!

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    the red headed traveler
    February 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    So sorry to hear that La Mezquita was being renovated when you were there! But reason enough to go back one day ๐Ÿ™‚

    With all of the mosques and churches that are there, I’m sure Istanbul (and Turkey) would be a photographer’s paradise from a dome perspective!

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