Oculus

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An oculus is a circular opening in a roof which allows for rain and sunlight to spill through the roof of a building.[1] Vatican architecture, especially in Saint Peter's Basilica, makes great use of this architectural device. It is a relic of Roman times, in a way, and was used in circular, vaulted temples like the Pantheon under the Republic.

References

  1. Oculus Websters Dictionary. Accessed 12 January 2008.
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