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Pictured: Collections and House officer, Lucy Cooper uses specialist equipment to clean the Pantheon. She is pictured with stunning Diana statue inside the temple. <br />
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Herculean effort<br />
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A major spring clean is taking place at one of Britain's most famous temples as it prepares for the time when it can reopen. The Pantheon at Stourhead was designed by the architect Henry Flitcroft and built between 1753 and 1754.  <br />
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It is loosely modelled on the Pantheon in Rome and was originally called the Temple of Hercules.<br />
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The limestone temple was commissioned by Henry Hoare II, known as 'Henry the Magnificent', an English banker and garden designer.<br />
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It contains statues of Hercules, Diana, Flora, Isis and St Susanna and Horace Walpole said in 1762 it had few rivals 'in magnificence, taste and beauty'.