In case of Rain….What About the Pantheon?

The Pantheon, a mysterious monument in some aspects. A Spasso con Sara to discover what the Romans invented in case of rain!


The Pantheon, a masterpiece of ancient Roman architecture, is characterized by the oculus, the circular window in the center of the dome.

As everyone knows, it is open, there is no glass, nor other systems of coverage … so what? What if it were to rain like this morning?

No problem! In case of rain, an upward current of air shatters the drops of water (it is called “chimney effect”) and then, even if there is a thunderstorm outside, in the Pantheon it seems to rain less!

Special drainage holes, skilfully distributed on the floor surface, prevent the formation of puddles inside the monument!



Posted by Sara Pandozzi

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