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Today's Pantheon, the oldest large public building in use in the world, is the work of Hadrian (Emperor 117 - 138), who rebuilt a 27BC south facaded structure erected by Augustus' son in law Agrippa ("M.Agrippa" - now that's a power name if ever there was one!), and was nice enough to have the latter's name put on the new north facing facade.  The round roof of the Pantheon is made of (ancient Roman) concrete, and is 142' in diameter (the same as the dome of Florence's Duomo), with a large hole in the middle to let in light (and rain - there are drains in the floor for this - the Romans thought of everything). 

 

 

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