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Old October 26th, 2011, 04:22 AM   #21
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[QUOTE=AnOldBlackMarble;82581430]How much of this interior is original versus how much has been added since the Renaissance? My understanding is that the Pantheon interior is mostly original and this seems very similar to that to me.

Definitely mostly Baroque interior, very beautiful but not original.
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Old October 26th, 2011, 01:00 PM   #22
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the pantheon interior has been more or less entirely refurbished e.g:

"In 1747, the broad frieze below the dome with its false windows was “restored,” but bore little resemblance to the original. In the early decades of the twentieth century, a piece of the original, as could be reconstructed from Renaissance drawings and paintings, was recreated in one of the panels."
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Old November 25th, 2011, 03:15 AM   #23
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The thermae of Diocletian dominated the Quirinal Hill with their ruined mass and had successfully resisted Christianization. Michelangelo Buonarroti worked from 1563 to 1564 to adapt a section of the remaining structure of the baths to enclose a church. Some later construction directed by Luigi Vanvitelli in 1749 only superficially distracts from the grand and harmonious Michelangelesque volumes. At Santa Maria degli Angeli, Michelangelo achieved an unexampled sequence of shaped architectural spaces with few precedents or followers. There is no true facade; the simple entrance is set within one of the coved apses of a main space of the thermae. The plan is developed from a Greek cross, with a transept so dominant, with its cubical chapels at each end, that the effect is of a transverse nave.

The vestibule with canted corners and identical side chapels leads to a second vestibule, repeated on the far side of the transept, dominated by the over lifesize Saint Bruno of Cologne by Jean Antoine Houdon (1766). The great vaulted transept gives a striking display of the magnificent scale of Roman constructions, 90.8 meters long, and with the floor that Michelangelo raised to bring it up to the Seicento street level, 28 meters high. Raising the floor truncated the red granite Roman columns that articulate the transept and its flanking spaces. Michelangelo made the transept 27 meters wide, thus providing vast cubical spaces at each end of the transept.
In 2006, Polish-born sculptor Igor Mitoraj created new bronze doors as well as a statue of John the Baptist for the basilica.
Santa Maria degli Angeli was the official state church during the Kingdom of Italy (1870-1946). More recently, national burials have been held in the church. The church hosts the tombs of General Armando Diaz and Admiral Paolo Thaon di Revel, who were the commanders responsible for winning World War I on the Italian front.

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Old November 26th, 2011, 08:10 PM   #24
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Old December 26th, 2011, 09:42 AM   #25
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If i am not wrong then it looks like a church.As we all knows that Roman countries are famous for the churches specially the ancient churches.So i must say its a really beautiful and impressive church building.
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Old December 26th, 2011, 02:46 PM   #26
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But there is a lot more then only the church-style of the roman interiors.. but still, it has a similar atmosphere..
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