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Another from yesterday's trip, with Jay, to Stourhead.


This is the Pantheon, reflected in all it's glory!




"The Pantheon is a truly grand structure. The garden's largest and most important building, it draws the eye from all corners of the garden. Its interior is equally magnificent, with marble statues and reliefs set around the main circular hall.


It was designed by architect Henry Flitcroft, and built in 1753-4, and no doubt provided an impressive setting for Henry Hoare II’s picnics and summer parties.


The Pantheon was originally called the Temple of Hercules, as its interior is dominated by the alluring marble statue of Hercules by Rysbrack. The statue's biceps were modelled on 'the father of English boxing', the successful contemporary prize-fighter, Jack Broughton. Hercules was a great moral hero, and the famous painting of him at the crossroads between vice and virtue by Poussin hangs in the picture gallery of Stourhead House.


Other statues lining the curved wall below the dome are St Susanna (Henry’s wife and elder daughter were both called Susanna); Diana, goddess of hunting; Flora, goddess of gardens; Livia Augusta, wife of Emperor Augustus; Meleager, Atalanta’s lover and god of hunting; and Isis an Egyptian goddess."

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Taken on October 17, 2010