The Pantheon

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Piazza Rotonda, Rome, Italy
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spikerdennis spikerde…
18 reviews
Gigantic May 13, 2014
This was probably one of my most favorite places in all of Rome. You are walking the city streets and then all of a sudden thru' buildings and around a corner you come across this unbelievable structure!! It is gigantic, beautiful, and awe-inspiring! To think it was built around 27 BC and then was refurbished/rebuilt around 126 AD, and it's still soooo well preserved!! It's just remarkable! Originally built as a temple to all gods of ancient Rome, it has been used as a Roman Catholic church since the 7th century, even to now. It is one of the best preserved of all Rome's ancient buildings and has the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.

There are a number of tombs there, including Italy's king Vittorio Emanuele II, the painter Raphael, the composer Corelli, the architect Peruzzi.

While the piazza outside the pantheon is oftentimes very crowded, it wasn't the case inside. It's quiet and respectful, and was definitely a highlight of the trip.

Just take time to sit inside and imagine...
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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
81 reviews
The Pantheon Mar 07, 2013
What struck me most about the Pantheon was how old it looked from the outside but how relatively new it seemed when inside. Another of those must see places in Rome made even more special by the absence of an entry fee. There are audio guides in various languages you can rent, but the booth was unattended when I was there so I can't comment on their quality. A lot of activity outside with vendors selling souvenirs, people trying to get me to sign a petition, art students sketching away, and probably a few pickpockets.

I spent an afternoon walking from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon and finished in the Piazza Navona before heading back. I had no trouble navigating using the cheap tourist map given out at the hotel. There are inexpensive walking tours that follow the same route and many restaurants along the way. The Pantheon is tucked away in the side streets so no tour busses can reach it, but that's no excuse to avoid the best preserved ancient structure in Rome.
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spocklogic says:
I think it's one of the oldest (if not the oldest) complete standing building from ancient Rome.
Posted on: Feb 20, 2014
missandrea81 missandr…
132 reviews
Ancient Roman temple turned church Jan 08, 2013
The Pantheon of Rome is tucked away in Rome's center alleys, not far from Piazza Navona. Originally it was built as a temple for the ancient Roman gods, and was later turned into a church and a tomb.

The Pantheon is an architectural/mathematical masterpiece. Underneath its dome it could accommodate a perfect sphere as it has the perfect measurements for it. One can whisper something from one end of the room toward the ceiling and a person on the opposite side will perfectly hear it as the sound waves travel around the copula.

Since the Renaissance the Pantheon is also used as a tomb and you can find the remains of the artist Rafael, but also those of the first King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II and his successor.

This building has gone through so many changes over the years, but has been kept in good shape as it was always in use, since the time it was built.

Definitely worth a visit! This was the first major site of Rome I visited and it was a bit overwhelming as I had never seen anything like it before. I wish I had taken more time to take it all in.

I suggest you bring a map or use an app to find it. It is really tucked away.

Enjoy!!
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Paulovic says:
I will! Thanks for the tip! It would be a pity not to find this!
Posted on: Apr 12, 2013
ela3211 ela3211
43 reviews
at a lost for words... Jan 29, 2013
This was my fave' site , maybe because I was the guide there - and maybe because knowing all thos details about the place makes you apreciate it even more.

whatever the reason is , it was my fave' place.

although the meaning of the name "Pantheon" is "all gods" . the temple was actally built for the 12 olympic gods: Zeus , Posidon , Hera , Hestia , Afrodity , Athena , Apollo , Artamis , Demter , Hephistos , Ares and Hermes.

Marcus Vispanos Agripa , head of the Roman army and a counsol in Augustos Ceaser's period (and also his close friend) ordered to build the temple in the year 27 AC. At first it was built shaped as a rectangel and was based on the remains of an old tempel.

60 years after , the building was burned down, and rebuilt in the year 125 under the order of Adreianous Ceaser , and is actaully the one that's still standing today. Adreianous had respect for Agripa and decided to inscribe his name to the buiding (that's why for years to come people were certained that he was the one who built it..). durring this period , the temple also functioned as a court yard for Adreianous.

on November 1st,in the year of 609 AC, the Pantheon was Converted into a church called "Santa Maria Rotonda" , and this is the first time in history that a Pagan Place of worship is been changed into a christian Place of worship!

the church Santa Maria Rotonda is also known by the name " Santa Maria Our Lady of Martyrs" , and that's why hollaween is celebrated on that same day..

there is an ancient legend saying that the big whole in the cielling (the Aocoli in its architectural term) was made by a demond who escaped out of the building once it was converted into a church.

up 'till today , the origional architact of this wonder is remained unknown..

i won't bore you with anymore of it.. but if youd like to know more - don't by shy , just ask :)
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Andy99 Andy99
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The Immense Influence of the Pantheon Sep 28, 2012
The Pantheon is a truly amazing structure both architecturally and as a survivor from Ancient Rome. It was built as a temple by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC and rebuilt by Hadrian in 126 after lightening damage. It became a church in 609. Various ornamentation has been removed over the centuries, but, otherwise, it comes down to today as it was in Roman times. It is one of the most remarkable buildings I have visited.

When one first encounters the Pantheon in Piazza Rotonda, it does not initially appear remarkable. The Jefferson Memorial. Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia. The United States Capitol. They all look like it. But wait, then comes the realization. This *is* the *original*, the inspiration for all neoclassical buildings. Brunelleschi and Michelangelo drew inspiration from it for their domes at the Cathedral of Florence and St. Peter's. The tremendous influence of the Pantheon on Western architecture cannot be overestimated.

One must go inside to view the coffered dome. The dome, made of concrete 1900 years ago, describes a globe within the building. At the top is he Oculus, 30 feet (9 m) across open to the sky and the only opening admitting natural light. Below is the floor of red porphyry and marble. It is largely original. Imperial Romans walked on it and so can you. The center of the floor is curved to drain away rainwater falling in from the open Oculus.

The Pantheon also houses the tombs of the artist Raphael (1483-1520) and Italian kings Victor Emanuel II (1820-1878) and Umberto I (1844-1900). It is still in use as a church.

I can't describe all that one takes away from a visit to this building. It's still sinking in.

Part of the Historic Centre of Rome UNESCO World Heritage site.
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spocklogic says:
It's funny, and a McDonald's appeared right across from the Pantheon about a decade or so ago. My joke at the time is that there should be a Big MaGrippa on the menu!
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012
ahtibat17 says:
This was one of my favorite places in Rome. Nice review!
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012
sylviandavid says:
It's such a great place.... we hung around it for hours... were lucky and heard a group of monks singing.... Thanks so much for this review! really enjoyed it! sylvia
Posted on: Oct 24, 2012
erojas3 erojas3
23 reviews
The Pantheon-A must for art history lovers Mar 14, 2011
Free to go in, which traveler on a budget does not love that?

I remember my first semester freshman year at the university, I took an art appreciation class. Here I learned about various types of buildings, designs, painters and the likes. One building that we reviewed in class was the Pantheon and never would I have thought that I would one day be inside!

When I went, I remembered the things I learned in class. How the ceiling is amazing because of the square shaped coffers and it's oh so famous oculus where the light comes in. Overall this os one place you have to go, not spend too much time, maybe 10 minutes. and best of all, it's free!

I did end up leaving with a question though, what happens when it rains? heheh
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sylviandavid says:
Nice review... when we went we spent quite a while but a group was singing... nice inside
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
erojas3 says:
hehe I thought I had forgotten all I learned in that class but it just came out of nowhere and I started remembering :)
Posted on: Mar 14, 2011
iramalama says:
I had the same feeling when I first went inside it!
Posted on: Mar 14, 2011
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning building Feb 21, 2010
Built by Agrippa as a monument to all the gods of ancient Rome, this temple was rebuilt by Hadrian. I'm really grateful for their efforts, because there is something so beautiful about this building. It just looks very harmonious.

Once inside the building, you have to marvel at the top of the dome. I'm sure it was an architectural feat, but it is just so impressive to look at and you can see why it was meant to resemble the heavens.

The tombs are very impressive too; apart from two of Italy's former kings, the tomb of Raphael is located here too.

A very impressive building and well worth the visit.
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sylviandavid says:
Very nice review.
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
If you can find it, it's a great stop on your walking tour or hop-off hop-on tour Oct 08, 2010
Like I said, if you can find it, this is a nifty spot to stop at. It used to be a market amongst a variety of other things. It was a marvel for it's day and even in the modern era, I find it to be quite an archiectural feat.

Technically, it's considered a church and since you're in Rome, you should be walking around with a shawl. Be sure to cover your shoulders and knees when entering to pay proper respect. When there are alot of visitors, it is very loud in there and it really does sound like a dag on market. Take lots of pictures and walk all the way around.

The streets are narrow and if you don't look up, you might miss the signs that point you to it. Instead of buying an expensive meal, there's a small supermarket on one of the side streets, where you can go buy a sandwich or other lunch item, return to the Pantheon and catch a squat to enjoy your lunch in the shade.

When I went, there were people with signs saying they were giving away "free hugs"; I think they were pick-pocketing people, but in general, just be careful of any crowds when in Rome.
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sylviandavid says:
LOL.... wow... free hugs. Very smart to know it' likely a scam... not too much free in Rome... (except the parthanon...)
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
Unique... Mar 22, 2008
The Pantheon (The Temple of all Gods) was a temple dedicated to the Gods of Olympus. It’s a more than 2000 years old building.

In the VII century it was converted to a roman catholic church. This is probably the reason why it remained in such a good condition until today. From outside you can see that it is a very old building, but if you see it from inside you could think that it was built just the last two centuries.

The building is even famous for a big and perfect hole in the ceiling. When I visited the Pantheon it was raining and I could see the rain coming inside. It was wonderful.

The Pantheon is even very copied and imitated worldwide…
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sylviandavid says:
Nice review. Thanks for sharing it
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
paula_eire paula_ei…
3 reviews
My favourite place in Rome Apr 15, 2008
It's amazing!it has a perfect hole!!it is an antique building but it could be one built in that century with a high-technology to make that perfect hole!!!
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sylviandavid says:
Love your picture in the parthanon... cute idea.
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
cavlizzy cavlizzy
37 reviews
Fast easy, Wonderful!!! Apr 30, 2007
The Pantheon was built as a temple to all the Gods of ancient Rome by Hadrian. This was done about 125AD.

I believe it might still be the worlds largest concrete dome to this day. The hole in the center is approx. 140 feet across.... the same distance to the floor. Which is quite unbelievable as you stand there.

***The hole, I was told, and have read was to let light in AND to keep the weight DOWN!! That is also why the squares in the ceiling are recessed! It takes away weight of cement which was critical in making the dome work!!


You may walk right in.... no problem, except for the occasional crowds and tour groups.

Raphael's tomb is in here.(see pic)

The floor has several round drains with small holes. You would barely notice them if you were not looking for them. This is to let the water out, obviously. (see pic)

I have read that the bronze that once covered the dome on the outside was removed by Bernini to use in St.Peters in The Vatican. Resources were scarce. And he needed more bronze to finish his commission for the very huge alter piece that is over where St.Peter is suppose to lay.

When you look at photos that show The Pantheon a long time ago, it was covered in bronze!
The Pantheon dome opening...
Drain holes for Pantheon
Raphaels Tomb
Alter in the Pantheon
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sylviandavid says:
Good information and nice pictures...
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Ancient Pantheon Jun 18, 2006
The Pantheon is the Roman monument with the greatest number of records: best preserved, with the biggest brick dome and is considered the forerunner of all modern places of workship. It's also the most copied and imitated of all ancient works.

This is also a legendary place. According to Roman history, there is the place where the founder Romulus was taken off into the skies with the Gods.

It combines a clearly Roman, cylindrical structure with the Greek inspiration. If you are in Rome, take some time to visit it. To make things better, it's free!
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yadilitta says:
thanks!
Posted on: Aug 06, 2011
sylviandavid says:
Nice review...
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011
Eric Eric
385 reviews
Dec 30, 2005
Rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian almost 2000 years ago, the Pantheon is still

in pretty fine shape. The first thing you'll probably notice as you

walk inside is that there is a giant hole at the top of the dome. I

don't know if this was intentional or not, but it makes for some

interesting visuals. When it rains in Rome, the water just goes

straight through the hole and into the center of the Pantheon. If

you're really lucky, it might even snow. If you show up for Pentecost

Mass, they drop thousands of rose petals from the hole on the ceiling,

showering everybody inside.

The insides of the Pantheon used to be gilded with bronze and gold, but

most of it was stripped away by the Barberini family to make

fortifications for Castel Sant'Angelo. If you go visit the castle, you

can still see the giant, bronze cannonballs and cannons strewn about

the courtyards, but these lack the former beauty of the Pantheon. The

last time I was in Rome (about a year ago), they were doing

construction to restore the interior of the Pantheon, so it might look

a lot more spectacular in a few years.

For those of you who have read Angels and Demons

by Dan Brown, this is indeed the current tomb of Raphael. It is not,

however, guarded by four elite commandos at all times, and in 150+

visits there I have never seen a guard :)
Front of Pantheon at night.
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sylviandavid says:
Nice review. I didn't know about the gold being stripped away.
Posted on: Jul 29, 2011

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