Long-lasting renovations of the Pantheon have started. They will continue during some ten years, but the dome should obviously be visible again in about two years. The budget is of some 100 million Euros, some 80 percent covered by sponsoring. If you are interested, you can find out more about it here.
It was decided that no publicity should appear on the dome; instead “JR”, a photographer known for giant street art operations, has prepared a temporary decoration consisting of thousands of portraits, collected worldwide. The portraits can be found as well outside as inside.
Here we can see what the Pantheon dome looks like today … and how it looked before being covered...
… and here is the same comparison of the inside of the dome.
Also a large part of the floors are covered by portraits.
The Pantheon is of course basically a mausoleum where leading French personalities are buried, but it is (was) also known for the Foucault’s Pendulum, which will not be there again for demonstration of the earth rotation until the renovation of the dome is finished. (See more on my previous post about the Pantheon.)