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Postcard: Duomo di Pavia

written by Penny Sadler
Interior Duomo di Pavia @PennySadler 2013

Duomo di Pavia

The Duomo di Pavia is the largest church in Pavia, and the dome is the fourth largest in Italy, after St. Peter’s Basilica, the cathedral in Florence, and the Pantheon in Rome.

The day I was there, the light coming through the circular windows gave the dome a nice warm glow, creating a very peaceful and spiritual feeling. How can something that in reality is so heavy, feel so peaceful and inspiring?

I really like the symmetry and simplicity of the octagonal shape. Octagons have been used throughout history to symbolize regeneration, unity, spirituality, and good fortune.

Interior Duomo di Pavia @PennySadler 2013

Detail of the dome.

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Bethaney - Flashpacker Family August 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I think you’re as much in love with Italy as I am Penny!

Penny Sadler August 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I’d say, “no doubt!” 🙂

Mary @ Green Global Travel August 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

Italians are the masters of domes!

Jessica of HolaYessica August 8, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Gorgeous place, and gorgeous photos!

Dale August 8, 2013 at 3:18 am

I must admit that the light streaming through the roof does look fantastic, but nowhere near as fantastic as your new blog design does 🙂

Penny Sadler August 8, 2013 at 8:06 am

Hey Dale, what a nice compliment. I really appreciate that! I tell you the things I’ve learned along the way that I never thought about or even wanted to learn! LOL

Micki @ Canadian Travel Insurance Review August 8, 2013 at 2:39 am

Beautiful! I love the photo of the columns – it really gives a sense of the scale of the building.

Penny Sadler August 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

You should see the outside of this church – you’d never guess how light and lovely it is inside! Thanks Micki!

Jenny August 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I really got a lot of reading “Brunelleschi’s Dome” by Ross King. Now that I understand how they are made, I need to go back to Italy to admire the domes all over again.

Penny Sadler August 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm

The book sounds great. I will check it out. I do love when something I read be it a novel or article on the web, inspires me to travel or Learn more.

Terry at Overnight New York August 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

What a magnificent dome! It looks curiously two-dimensional in the main photograph, as if it could be make from marquetry. Cool.

Italian Talks August 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

Enjoyed this post and your photography compliments your story so well. Many do not realize that the Pantheon is a church!

Penny Sadler August 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

I didn’t realize it the first time I was there. 🙂 It’s so full of tourists! Thanks for the compliment!

wanderingeducators August 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

What an incredibly gorgeous place!

Penny Sadler August 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

I surprised me because from the outside it didn’t grab me.


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