Photo taken in August 2010 of the Salt Lake Capital Building
gets smaller and smaller and smaller."
from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland talk, "None were with Him."
The Capital Dome or Rotunda is the tallest part of the Capital and has been described as it's "symbolic and physical heart." Domes have been called the perfect architectural shape: it is a circle, symbol of heaven, executed in three dimension (width, length, and height). In religious architecture domes proclaim the glory of God. The word "dome" comes for Latin "domus" meaning... a house. In Italian, the word for dome, "duomo," meaning a house of God.
The oculus or eye of the dome is considered the Gateway of the Sun. From this gateway at the top of the dome rises the world axis (a sphere) or link between heaven and earth. Domes, therefore are considered thresholds or gateways to the spiritual world.
Personally when I see the dome, I am reminded of Elder Jeffrey R. Hollands talk when he said that as the Lord approached His final mission, the Atonement, the circles of support (His friends, disciples and family) grew smaller and smaller and smaller. It became a solitary event.. truly an "at one ment". or "at one moment". So to as we aspire upward, circles get smaller, less distraction,.. we too have that "at one moment" when we recieve our Savior.. the pinnacle and moment when heaven meets earth.. the link.