The Pantheon (UK: , US: ; Latin: Pantheum, from Greek Πάνθειον Pantheion, "[temple] of all the gods") is a former Roman temple and since 609 AD, a Catholic church (Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres or Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs), in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). It was rebuilt by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated c. 126 AD. Its date of construction is uncertain, because Hadrian chose not to inscribe the new temple but rather to retain the inscription of Agrippa's older temple, which had burned down.
The building is cylindrical with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 43 metres (142 ft).
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Mohsin Khan | Mar 1, 2018
A sight to see! Pictures don't do it justice. Seeing Roman architecture with your eyes is jaw dropping. A feat of strength by mankind. It's crazy to imagine the manpower and time put into erecting a building of this caliber. It's amazing to experience a building that has withstood time for over 2000 years. To be able to walk through the same corridors and paths the Roman citizens did those many years ago.
raja dayal r | Feb 22, 2018
It's having very good view. The pillars are breathtaking to see nearby. Great structure. It's surrounded by so many restaurants and shop. Even having one supermarket near by. You can reach here by walk itself. Google maps helped us lot to cover these locality well. Nearby fountains also available in walkable distance.
jindivik321 | Jan 25, 2018
Absolutely stunning building, one of the must see sights of ancient Rome! Originally built by the Romans, this building has seen lots of changes.over the centuries and now functions as a church. The front columns provide a very impressive entry to the building and once inside the concrete some towers overhead, you any really appreciate the true scale of the building until you are standing inside of it. Open all year round and free entry makes this one of the most popular and frequently visited sites of Rome.
Shay Sattari | Feb 20, 2018
It was surreal. They have guided audio tours only. Raphael is buried in their. The architecture is very smart. There always are musicians in playing beautiful music that echoes, plenty restaurants with a view of the Pantheon. We ate at one of them that was directly facing the Pantheon and just taking it all in - It certainly was a dream come true!
Christelle van Vuuren | Feb 14, 2018
The Pantheon took my breath away. Got there about mid-morning with a fair crowd hanging outside listening to a busker playing. Entrance was free and I walked through the entrance columns into the building, already astonished at the scale of the place. At that time the crowd inside wasn't big and you want a little space and quiet to enjoy this marvel if possible. It is a religious space, so they encourage respect and quiet. I was just awed by the whole experience and the history of the place. Small kiosk inside where you can get postcards and some other bits and bobs.
Marnie Dreyer | Apr 2, 2018
The Pantheon is probably one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Italy. I was impressed by the scale of the columns holding up the gigantic structure. The ceiling dome allows light to pass through at different angles dependent on the time of the day. The effect is a ray of light that circulates the room as the sun passes over. What an amazing architectural feat for a building that has been erected so long ago.
PR Heydenreich | Mar 30, 2018
Awesome place and very scenic if you want to take photos. Just don't go to the meat and cheese store as the staff are trying to create a fight with foreign people. They offer good meat but they are not worthy of the clientele that are coming there too often. The best word to describe what I felt is fascism.
Ondrej Dolejsi | Mar 14, 2018
This place looks pretty impressive from the outside, but that doesn't prepare you for the inside. The dome ( inside) is as tall as it is wide. And it also has a hole in the center, really really impressive. You will also appreciate how much had the ground level risen in Rome since when it was built (by a lot). Another thing I really liked were the speakers which would periodically remind you to shut up every couple of minutes in no less than 7 languages.
Sherena Wellington | May 4, 2018
What a stunning building. Impressive inside and out. A place of worship so shoulders and knees must be covered. Free to enter. The sculptures on the inside are worth spending a few minutes each to observe. There are also interesting facts scattered about and an audio guide available. The top has an opening that allows air and light in but also rain but it won't hinder too much on your visit. You also have to speak softly as it is a Holy Place. Don't forget the fountain in the front, also very beautiful.
tom hankins | May 2, 2018
Don't be scare by the long queue outside. It's not a long wait and as soon as you're inside you won't regret it for a second. Astonishing building. The sunlight beam through the roof is beautiful, so go on a clear day around noon! Walk around this area, through all the little alleys. Very good atmosphere:)
Dean Lee | Apr 9, 2018
Another must see site in Rome. Probably one of the most iconic buildings in the world and it's also FREE to enter. The architecture of this building is truly incredible and it is hard to believe how old it really is, not to mention how they built it! A stunning masterpiece that should be seen by everyone! The only annoying thing, as with all main attractions in Rome, is the street sellers... the bracelet scammers, the annoying toy sellers, the fake Roman guards who are very rude and aggressive and that's just naming a few! Do not buy from them and don't let them take photos for you etc, unless you want to be chased down for your Euros. They tend to aim their acts at children to make you feel guilty etc, incredibly pathetic people who should really be banned from the great city of Rome. Also, in regards to eating on the square, I would advise against it... the prices are very high and the food is not great. The locals in Rome in fact are strictly against people eating in the square of the Pantheon. You will see many buildings have closed down here due them not making enough money! (the rent is 40,000-60,000 Euros per month). If you need to eat or have a drink, walk around 50 metres and there's some nice places such as a world famous coffee shop. I would also recommend stopping in Ginger which is a great restaurant for lunch or drinks.
Alan | Apr 19, 2018
Stunning must see go early to avoid crowds. We listened to concert by youth orchestra. Rome is a delight like this as these things just seem to happen while surrounded by 2000 year old remains and medieval buildings. The surrounding piazza is fun and lively
Michael Pufahl | Apr 12, 2018
Even I was in Rome before it was my first time at the Phanteon! The weather was not that perfect but even though there were plenty of tourists at that place to see this very amazing building! In the past it was a temple and later on it became a church! It is very impressive how the people at that time were able to build such a building without machines! The dome is Hugh and form my point the biggest and nicest in all Rome, even it's open in the middle and you can see the sky, which brings a fantastic light inside the church! I was deeply impressed....the old Romans did very well!!!!I
Michael Stephens | Jun 11, 2018
Honestly, I've never desired to see the Pantheon and wondered what the fuss about it was. Now I understand. This is the most perfect ancient ruin we have...virtually untouched by history. It is much bigger than I expected. The interior is gorgeous, especially the dome. Make sure you look at everything to the side, including the sarcophagus of Renaissance painter/architect Raphael. Get there before 6 pm when it closes. This is a great spot to have lunch or dinner, too. The vibe around the Pantheon is great.
Tyler Hanzel | Jun 11, 2018
Truly a breathtaking experience! I am always impressed by the sheer size and complexity of this ancient wonder. Built by the Romans about 1900 years ago using concrete to create a free standing dome with an oculus that let's in sunlight and rain with the original drain in the center. Housing the tombs of Vittorio Emanuele II, the King of Italy, and Raphael, the artist. There is typically a line out front but it moves very fast and its free to enter!
Spencer Drager | May 30, 2018
Beautiful ancient creation. Definitely worth a visit. The line outside moves quickly--even during a pretty busy time we were able to get in and out without much trouble. And it is free! The interior contains multiple views. I don't think anything like this quite exists outside of Rome.
tom hankins | May 30, 2018
Don't be scared by the long queue outside. It's not a long wait and as soon as you're inside you won't regret it for a second. Astonishing building. The sunlight beam through the roof is beautiful, so go on a clear day around noon! Walk around this area, through all the little alleys. Very good atmosphere:)
San Xiu Lee | Jun 15, 2018
It is a great work of architecture. Is used to be a place dedicated to the gods but has been converted into a cathedral. Unfortunately, much of its precious metal were removed by one of the Popes to construct another cathedral. But what is left is still cool. It uses natural lighting from a hole in the center of its dome. You will probably spend about 30 minutes or less here.
Sam Avasapian | Jun 27, 2018
Amazing specimen of Roman arcitecture. Converted from a Pagan temple. Amazing craftsmanship and relics in the building. No charge, just some lines. Sometimes mass or other activities are held and entry is forbidden. Not an all day delay but plan if you are tight on time. You may have to come back in a couple hours IF a service is being held. Highly recommended seeing this.
Har Dewakalu | Jul 6, 2018
One of the architectural wonders from Ancient Rome, the pantheon is a place of worship. Keep in mind that security will not let you pass if you’re wearing skimpy clothing. After a short wait we made it inside to admire the attention to details of the design. It’s one of the quicker stops that can made in Rome, thus I’d recommend stopping by time permitting.
Scott Spurgiesz | Jul 27, 2018
The ocular inside at the top of the free standing dome is really something to behold. There was security around this place. It is remarkably well-kept for being nearly 2,000 years old. The entrance is quite majestic with the pillars launching straight up into the air...and it is so high too! A couple really nice surprises was an extremely talented pianist/singer outside and also the horse drawn carriage available. The little square right outside the pantheon is a nice spot to listen to music, get some good pictures of the outside, and just take it all in.
Owen Jin | Jul 18, 2018
The Pantheon us one of the only places in Rome with free admission. This grand structure is located in a very chill neighborhood. The plaza directly in front of the Pantheon is a great place to people watch or rest. The structure is almost 2000 years old, and is a miracles that it's still preserved as well as it is. The opening at the top allows divine light to enter from the top of the building. I could totally imagine ancient Roman emperors coming to communicate with the gods.
Dimah M | Jul 24, 2018
The absolutely stunning building in Rome! One of the oldest building in the city (completed around 125 AD) the unique place for everyone who likes history and architecture. The good news that it’s free of charge but the queues could be quite long so I recommend to come there before 10 AM. It is the one of the most impressive places what I ever seen. But don’t be lazy and check out about this place before you visit.
Flavio Di Pilla | Aug 3, 2018
Nice Place to see in Rome. Nice for going in and look at the fabulous architecture of the time were the Roman Empire was at the highest point. Not must see. A few good restaurants around to drink something or also eat. Not recommended for Lunchtime. In the Pantheon it’s cooler than outside. So in the Summer it is really nice to go in for 10 to 20 minutes. It took us not too long for going in and it’s free.
Ciprian Rusu | Jul 11, 2018
It is a must, when in Rome. It will impress you. It is a huge building and a sacred place. Easy to find, in the middle of historical city of Rome. Many restaurants and ice cream shops near by. A nice souvenir shop inside. I saw some queues in the middle of the day; try to get there in the evening, around 5PM, and you will not wait in the lines. Discover the inside, it is the most important part of this tourist attraction.
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