Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa, restored by Domitian, and subsequently rebuilt by Hadrian (who added the dome), the Pantheon ... More
Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa, restored by Domitian, and subsequently rebuilt by Hadrian (who added the dome), the Pantheon was turned into a church in the early 7th Century by Pope Boniface IV. The building's sole source of light is the opening at the dome's apex (the oculus); according to popular legend, this formed the base for the bronze pine cone that is now in the Vatican's Pigna courtyard, where it is used as a fountain. Many famous Italians are buried in the Pantheon, including Renaissance painter Raphael and King Vittorio Emanuele I.
This was my favorite place in Rome. It is more quiet and reverent than the Vatican, although not near as large and grand but opulent in itself. Go later in the day after the crowds leave, and be sure to get the audio guide which is helpful. This is one of Romes true masterpieces!
This is DEFINITELY something to see while in Rome! It was beautiful and magical. The colors inside are so incredible and just knowing the history adds to the atmosphere. I had to go back one more time before I left Rome.
Only in Italy could such a place be. In California it could not exsist. It's not sprinklered, It's not earth quake proof, it only has one door in. Hey it has a hole in the ceiling to let the rain in !!! ( floor drains remove it) We coukd learn from their zoning laws. "No building shall be tall than St Peter's." Makes wonderful sence doesn't it.