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.