It’s difficult to capture the loft of the vaults of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Great Hall. The beautiful use of the round Romanesque arch produces a kind of bubbling effect to the space. It always reminded me of the architecture of the┬áBasilica of Maxentius in the Roman Forum. And maybe rightfully so as each structure has a central nave with three vaulted ceilings and two flanking aisles with three barrel vaults. All that remains of the Basilica of Maxentius are the three barrel vaults of one aisle. It’s possible that stepping into the Met is the closest we can get to strolling through that largest structure to grace the Forum. Of course minus the giant golden god statues.

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