Domes Of Discovery

Jonathan Glancey, architecture and design editor of the Guardian, explores the beauty and potency of domes.

Episodes

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01The Measure Of All Things19991117

In the second century, the Emperor Hadrian - himself a keen amateur architect - ordered the extensive rebuilding of a large sanctuary in Rome.

The result was the Pantheon.

02Fearful Symmetry19991118

An exploration of how the 18th-century architect Boullee exploited the psychological effect of a dome to symbolise the authority of the French monarchy - and how he subsequently repeated the same trick for Napoleon.

03 LASTThe Well-tempered Dome19991119

The story of how Sir Christopher Wren came to build his serene dome at St Paul's Cathedral and what happened after Peter the Great visited it.