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Standing more than forty-three meters high, the Pantheon’s Dome is renowned for its nine-meters-wide hole – the so-called «oculus», the Latin word for eye – providing the only source of light for the entire building. In case of rain, the ascensional stream of air causes the fragmentation of water drops, so to cause the impression that rain cannot penetrate inside the building. Such an effect is further enhanced by the presence of drainage holes, preserving the interior from puddles and stagnation.

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