abstract This drawing shows the southern part of the Pantheon, with the so-called chamber system and the ancient inner wall of the south building now creating the back wall of the Pantheon. The whole system is today used as a part of the Pantheon and gives the impression that this complex could have had the same function in antiquity (cf. fig. 7). However, in reality the chambers were originally a completely independent part, which was not connected with doorways to the Pantheon like at present. In antiquity only passages between the chambers and the cavities existed; all connections to the interior of the rotunda were installed later on. The chambers were only added on to the Pantheon (fig. 83), and are not connected with it or with the south building. The two doors on the western and eastern side walls of the chamber system are original. Alleys inside the complex are very narrow (fig. 84); therefore, the chambers could not have been used by the public. Of the south building only the former northern wall is still visible (fig. 82). It consists of a central apse that is nearly the same size as the main apse inside the Pantheon; this central apse is flanked by three niches on each side. Four columns, today partly reconstructed, originally stood in front of this wall. The building was part of a large hall that was erected between the Pantheon and the Baths of Agrippa. This complex was possibly the former Basilica of Neptune or in later times the Library of Pantheon, which has only come down to us in literary sources. A three-dimensional view gives an idea of the different volumes inside the chamber system (cf. fig. 94)
address Bern
author Project, The Bern Digital Pantheon
editor Graßhoff, Gerd and Wäfler, Markus and Albers, Jon and Berndt, Christian
keywords Medium Plan Building Interior Chambers
nstandard BDPP0085-A4.pdf
repository Digital Repository of the Bern Digital Pantheon Project
timestamp 2009.05.28
title Elevation map and floor plan showing the south building, chambers and the back of the rotunda, AutoCAD vector graphic created from point cloud
year 2009

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