L'oculo del Pantheon di 2000 anni di Santa Maria
"The oculus of the 2000 year-old Pantheon of Santa Maria"...
The ancient Pantheon is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Both the height and the diameter of the dome is exactly 142 feet. The Romans were so far ahead of their time...just imagine the possibilities if the empire had survived. The Pantheon is now an active Catholic church known as Santa Maria Rotonda. The ancient tradition of dropping rose petals from the open oculus happens at noon every Pentecostal Sunday during Mass. The rose petals symbolize the descent of the Holy Spirit falling on the apostles and the faithful, and it dates back as early as 600 years after the birth of Christ. Vigili del Fuoco (firefighters) of Rome, climb on top of the Pantheon’s dome, and drop thousands of rose petals as the choir chants the sequence of Veni Sancte Spiritus.
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