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Archtober7: The Tempietto

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month.

Another of my favorite buildings is a tomb, a mausoleum, called The Tempietto (the little temple), built by Donato Bramante as a memorial marking the spot in Rome, where, legend tells us, Saint Peter was crucified. It is perhaps the most perfect example of classical architecture ever built (my opinion).

It is a small building placed into a constricted court yard. Because of the constricted courtyard, it is difficult to take in the small building in one glance. Consequently, it seems bigger than it really is. The optical illusion of size plays with the near perfect proportions to make the scale seem larger.

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