Domes Of Discovery

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


01The Measure Of All Things19991117In 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 Symmetry19991118An 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 Dome19991119The 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.