From African beehive huts to Buckminster Fuller's geodesic buildings, domes are marvels of beauty and invention. Join us for a photo tour of some of the world's most interesting domes, including sport domes, capitol domes, church domes, ancient classical domes, and other domes in architecture. Did we leave one out? Tell us your favorite dome.
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Twice destroyed and twice rebuilt, the Pantheon in Rome evolved into a domed building so famous that it inspired architects for 2,000 years.
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Three hundred thirty-six columns support a grand vaulted brick roof at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. With magnificient Byzantine mosaics, the iconic domed building combines Christian and Islamic architecture.
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Architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei used a mesh of steel bands to form a complex dome for the National Stadium, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China
Built in the seventh century, the Dome of the Rock Mosque is the oldest surviving example of Islamic architecture, and long praised for the breath-taking beauty of its golden dome.
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Richard Rogers Partners designed the odd-looking porcupine-shaped Millennium Dome as a one-year, temporary structure, but it eventually became the centerpiece for the O2
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The cast-iron neoclassical dome by Thomas Ustick Walter wasn't added to the Capitol building until the mid-1800s. Today it's an enduring symbol of the United States.
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Architect Sir Norman Foster transformed the 19th century neo-Renaissance Reichstag building in Berlin with a high-tech glass dome.
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The Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas is one of the largest domed sports structures in the world. Soaring 292 feet above the playing field, two monumental arches support a retractable roof that spans 660,800 square feet.
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After the Great Fire of London, Sir Christopher Wren designed St. Paul's catherdral, giving it a high dome based on the architecture of ancient Rome.
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This great dome isn't a building at all, but a circular array of fountains designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Florida Southern College water dome was dismantled in the 1960s but later restored according to Frank Lloyd Wright's vision.