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The Pantheon in Rome, an architectural masterpiece that has survived the centuries, is undoubtedly one of the most impressive landmarks of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This impressive building has a rich history and inspires visitors from all over the world.

The Pantheon through the ages

Santa Maria ad Martyres

The fascinating construction of the current building dates back to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who had it rebuilt as a temple in the second century AD. During the reign of Emperor Honorius, its use as a temple was permanently discontinued until the Middle Ages. In the sixth century it was consecrated as a Christian church.

The official name of the Roman Catholic church is Santa Maria ad Martyres. The dome is an architectural model and delights both locals and tourists. The material of the dome is light volcanic stone, which is significant in terms of weight. The only source of light is the nine-meter round hole at the highest point of the dome. The sunshine creates an unforgettable and sublime atmosphere.

M·AGRIPPA·L·F·COS·TERTIVM·FECIT

M-AGRIPPA-L-F-COS-TERTIVM-FECIT" :This can be translated as "Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, consul for the third time, made this." This inscription indicates the original construction of the Pantheon commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during his third term as consul in 27 BC. Note that Agrippa's original construction was a different building, not the current Pantheon. However, the current Pantheon as we know it today was built in 118-128 AD under Emperor Hadrian. 

Above the original inscription band of Agrippa is another inscription: "IMP-CAES-DIVI-TRAIANI-PARTHICI-F-DIVI-NER-NERVAE-NEP-DIVI-TRAJ-F-DIVI-NER-NER-F-HADRIANVS-AVG-PONTIF-MAX-TRIB-POT-COS-III-P-P" This inscription names the Roman Emperor Hadrian and lists his titles and offices. The translation reads something like, "The Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian, son of the deified Trajan, grandson of the deified Nerva, Pontifex Maximus, holder of tribunician power, triple consul, father of the fatherland." Thus, these inscriptions convey information about the construction history of the Pantheon and the imperial authority at the time of Hadrian. Today, the Pantheon is one of the best preserved ancient buildings in Rome and an impressive example of Roman architecture and engineering.

 

Highlights of your visit at Pantheon

  • "Pan Theos": the Pantheon, whose name is derived from the Greek words "pan" (everything) and "theos" (god), was built by order of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD. It was originally a temple dedicated to the gods, hence the name. This monumental structure is a stunning example of classical Roman architecture and the perfection it achieved.
  • The dome: a highlight of the Pantheon is undoubtedly its huge dome, which for more than 1700 years was considered the largest dome in the world in terms of its internal diameter. The dome has a diameter of an impressive 43 meters and symbolizes the technical mastery of the Romans in ancient times. 
  • Opaion: Sunlight streams through the opaion, the circular opening at the top of the dome, casting a fascinating beam of light on the floor of the interior, contributing to a magical experience. 
  • Interior: Inside the Pantheon, visitors can admire the magnificent interior decoration that has been preserved over the centuries. The impressive bronze door and the huge central opening in the dome create a unique atmosphere. Originally, the interior was decorated with statues of Roman gods, but over time the Pantheon was transformed into a Christian church. 
  • Santa Maria ad Martyres: Today the Pantheon is known as Santa Maria ad Martyres and houses important religious relics. Despite this transformation, the building has retained its original charm and beauty and remains a place of awe and admiration.

 

Opening hours of Pantheon Rome

The Pantheon is open every day. 

Monday to Sunday: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (last admission 18.45)

Free admission: Every 1st Sunday of the month, June 2, November 4.

 

How to get your ticket for Pantheon

TOURISTATION NAVONA, Piazza Navona 25 

Mondays to Sundays: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm. 

Upon presentation of your Rome City Pass, you will receive the entrance ticket for the Pantheon and can redeem it within the validity of your City Pass.

 

Restrictions of Pantheon

  • Accessibility: The tour is suitable for people with disabilities or wheelchair users.

 

 

How to get to Pantheon

Specifically, it is located in the historic center of Rome, not far from other famous landmarks such as the Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. Therefore it is a good way to take a walk through the center of Rome and get to the Pantheon on foot.

By Underground:
The nearest stop is Barberini (line A), about 700 metres from the Pantheon.

By Bus:
The buses n° 30, 40, 62, 64, 81, 87 and 492: get off at the Largo di Torre Argentina stop which is about 400 metres from the Pantheon. 

 

Adress of Pantheon Rome

Address:
Piazza della Rotonda, 00186 Roma RM, Italia

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The Pantheon is not only an architectural jewel, but also a living testimony to Roman history and culture. The combination of its impressive size, its architectural sophistication and its troubled past make it an essential destination for anyone who wants to visit Rome and explore the treasures of the ancient world. It is a place where past and present merge in a unique way, leaving visitors in awe.

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