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 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.
Since the Catholic church took over the Pantheon, all the beautiful art has been removed. The only reason we visited was for the history. Still something that I reccomend you visit, but only if you read up on it first. If you do not read on it, you may not see the true beauty.
The best time was at night. The people just sitting around relaxing. And the Pantheon in the moonlight was amazing. The inside was almost like any other. The building itself, and where it was situated astounded me.