Most likely the best-preserved ancient structure in Rome, the nearly 2,000-year-old Pantheon is the definition of remarkable. For starters, it helped establish Classical architecture—with its portico and columns, triangular pediment, rotunda and dome—influencing the architectural style for important buildings the world over for centuries; its dome is one of the largest in the world (until the 15th Century, it was the largest), defined by a large oculus, which provides the only source of light; and finally, this Ancient Roman temple has been in continuous use since the 7th Century and is only now beginning to show its years. If possible, visit on a sunny day to see why the beams of light streaming into the rotunda are dubbed “God’s rays.”
With an attention drawing, old rugged exterior, it draws your eyes, not as an eyesore, but as a source of curiosity. On our visit we emerged from a narrow back street, and were greeted by its towering stone walls as we turned around a corner. Even if your first sight of it happens to be from the back, it is still one to behold. But first impressions mean very little after you've walked inside. Compared to its rugged exterior, the interior is pristine, a monument to hundreds of years of history laid bare on its walls. I opted not to pay for any of the audio guides, and found the signs to be plenty enough to give context to whatever I was looking at. The Pantheon is a great place to start a day of sightseeing, with many historical sites within walking distance, like the Colosseum, the roman forum and many others. Highly recommend!
My favorite sight in all of Rome bar none. I love the fact that this building is about two centuries old and once you go inside and view all the crypts it is a revelation. The dome architectural brilliance is mind boggling considering it was done about 2,000 years ago. A generation of father/sons probably worked on this and it is a testament to their artistic brilliance.
No photograph can prepare one for the awesomeness that is the Pantheon. The architecture of the area and the layout of the roads leading to the Pantheon keep it somewhat obscured until it's right there in front of you, and the first sight of it is especially impressive. It's just so BIG. Cool fact: the Pantheon is officially a church, so it is free to enter, although donations are accepted.
This place is beautiful. An obvious must see in while in Rome. Massive bronze doors are amazing....look up at the ceiling before walking in, it's pretty cool. Inside is even more amazing. P.s. There is an awesome meat and cheese shop to the right of here with yummy things. Other than that the restaurants here are pricey. Good rule of thumb is, if there is a host trying to get you to come into their restaurant, you DON'T want to eat there. Tourists trap $$.. Find a place where locals eat.
Visiting here is an incredible experience. The building is one of the best preserved building in Rome thanks to the fact it was passed to the Catholic Church. It's now an area of worship. Hats should be removed upon entering and speaking kept to a minimum.
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