The Roman skyline is distinguished by the soaring domes of its many churches, the largest, and most famous, of which belongs to St Peter's Basilica.
The ancient Romans are credited with creating the dome as a major architectural feature in the first century BCE, but the domes we see today were mostly created in the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
A church dome is made up of three elements: the drum, the cupola, and the lantern.
There are more then seventy churches in Rome that sport a dome and here are just a few of them.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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