Regarding “Domes of the Archdiocese,” Jan. 3, Pages 10-11:

I really enjoyed this article. I was on a pilgrimage to Italy in 2002 and the Pantheon (St. Mary and the Martyrs) was one of the churches we visited. When I walked in and saw the hole in the dome I thought that the church was in need of repair. The tour guide informed us that the dome was built at a time when architects did not know how to build completed domes, and that the dome has been open since the third century. She explained that she attends Christmas Mass in that church, and when it rains one just has to step away from the middle of the church. 

Your article also reminded me how much I would love to visit Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Jerry McAfee

Gresham