KABOOMY! It’s the Pantheon, now known as the Church of Santa Maria or some such thing, and it absolutely positively still ROCKS and ROLLS after sitting here for two thousand years. . .mmmm, aaaahh!! This is without a doubt one of my top-five favorite structures of all time and quite possibly my supreme favorite. It was built by a dude called Agrippa during the time of Augustus, say around the year zero or so!!. . .then a dude called Hadrian completed the present structure that we see today in around the year 126 c.e. or so, and it is as magnificent today as I am sure it was way back when. In fact, it is even more magnificent today on some level just because it has survived nearly totally intact for two millennia. . .a drippy-drop in universal time but totally substantial and impressive in human time.
Since Augustus, everyone has been here or contemplated being here. . .Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Constantine, Charlemagne, Pope Gregory–nearly every pope probably, Galileo, Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael–he’s entombed here, Goethe, Keats, Garibaldi, Mussolini, The Rolling Stones, me, etc. and so on. . .tons of history, tons of cul-chah, tons of powerful and lively human vibes, and on top of it all–literally–still to this day, the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome sits prominently on the Roman landscape welcoming all who want to gaze upon its magnificence. One of my favorite things to do on planet Earth is sip espresso, sip aperitivos, snack, and eat dinner in the square in front of this building. . .I could do these things every day for the rest of my life and die a happy fellow for having done so. Please, come here and visit this baby some time in your life. . .you will love it, I gar-ron-taaay!!
I send you enduring vibes from the Pantheon in Rome. . .feel them. . .they are the best we got on Earth.
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It’s lovely out there.