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Nemia  Nemia is offline
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The building is very similar to the Roman Pantheon, the temple for all the Gods, which was turned into a church later. Raphael is buried there.

There are some differences - today, there are no stairs leading up to the temple. The number of columns and their colour is different - but for a six of staves, the six columns suit better, and their red colour (red like Minoan columns) makes them pop.

The Parisian Pantheon, btw, has six columns and stairs, but a different, less massive cupola. So this is a combination of both.

The Pantheon's roof is open, and above the opening (the oculus), the victor's wreath appears. It's like a bridge between the human edifice dedicated to the Gods (and to nearly-divine humans), and the Gods themselves.
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