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Built by the Roman emperor Hadrian (118-125), the Pantheon (“Temple of the Gods”) is remarkable because its massive dome is made of concrete that has withstood the elements for almost 2,000 years—with no steel reinforcing. The popes did a face-lift on the inside, and the bottom was de-curved a bit, but the structure is essentially the same as when it was first built. The Pantheon was the largest concrete curved dome in existence until the nineteenth century.

Built by the Roman emperor Hadrian (118-125), the Pantheon (“Temple of the Gods”) is remarkable because its massive dome is made of concrete that has withstood the elements for almost 2,000 years—with no steel reinforcing. The popes did a face-lift on the inside, and the bottom was de-curved a bit, but the structure is essentially the same as when it was first built. The Pantheon was the largest concrete curved dome in existence until the nineteenth century.

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