The fifth largest dome in the world, at night

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I don’t do a lot of photography after the sun goes down because it’s dark. I’m scared of the dark….

I did have the opportunity to be downtown recently after dark and got a nice picture of the huge dome of the San Diego Central Library, opened in September 2013.

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According to PR materials from the Library, the dome is 143 feet in diameter, making it larger than the United States Capitol (135 feet) and the Pantheon in Rome (142 feet).

Apparently it is the fifth largest in the world behind the Duomo in Florence (149 feet), St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (195 feet), the Astrodome (642 feet), and the Superdome (680 feet).

Not included in the list of domes are inflated domes such as the Carrier Dome and the Metrodome.

For what it’s worth, the Metrodome and the Astrodome are no longer in use.

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16 thoughts on “The fifth largest dome in the world, at night

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      What is interesting is that the populace kept voting on whether or not to build it, and the voters kept saying no. Suddenly the City Council voted and their yes vote overrode all those previous votes by the voters. How do they do that?

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Here are my other posts about our new library:
      https://russelrayphotos2.com/2013/10/07/the-new-san-diego-central-library-why-women-should-not-vote/
      https://russelrayphotos2.com/2013/10/04/inside-the-new-san-diego-central-library-part-1/
      https://russelrayphotos2.com/2013/10/02/the-new-san-diego-central-library-lets-hear-it-for-the-1/
      https://russelrayphotos2.com/2013/10/01/the-new-san-diego-central-library-well-worth-the-wait/

      You might also like the Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”) library at the University of California San Diego:
      https://russelrayphotos2.com/2012/03/02/the-geisel-library-at-the-university-of-california-san-diego/

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