The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

There are many sights to see when visiting a city with a history as rich as Rome’s and one of those is certainly the Pantheon. There are many fascinating things about the Pantheon, including the fact that it was originally created as a temple to worship all of the Roman gods. Unlike most other temples that were built to specifically honor a single god, this temple was meant to be a place where one could visit to gain favor from all of the gods. Even more interesting is that it was converted to a church in the 7th century and has been in continual use throughout its history.


Front of the Pantheon


Pulpit in Front of Statue


Dome Ceiling


Dome Exterior

Walking the exterior of the building provides you with the true sense of how old the Pantheon really is as the walls are worn with age and ruins of an ancient wall are preserved at its base. The shape of the Pantheon has been an inspiration to generations of architects that were fascinated by its dome that opens to the heavens. Once you step through the threshold of the Pantheon and enter the basilica, you are greeted with a sense of juxtaposition. Unlike the worn exterior, the interior is adorned with beautiful art as well as marble walls and floor.


Beautiful Artwork


Church Altar


Ancient Wall Around the Pantheon


Details in the St

You should certainly expect there to be plenty of crowds as you visit the Pantheon as it is likely on every tourist’s itinerary, as it should be. It is still a church called the Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres and the altar is quite notable as you enter the Pantheon. You should certainly go to the center of the large, circular room and look up at the dome with its hole to allow light and suggesting access to the heavens. You should also take time to look at all of the statues that are in the niches of the portico as well as the reliefs and paintings as they are all incredible to see.


Crowds Outside of the Pantheon


Marble Floors


One of the Paintings


More Church Features

With so many places to see in Rome, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, etc., the Pantheon is definitely an important location to visit. Unlike the Acropolis of Athens where the temples are isolated on a hill that overlooks the city, seeing the Pantheon in the winding, narrow streets of the city is quite a unique experience.



Painting to be Restored


Pantheon Exterior on a Narrow Street


Religious Artwork


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5 Responses to The Pantheon in Rome, Italy

  1. Lovely photos! They brought me right back to Rome. Truly a sight worth seeing.

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  2. Great post! If you have time check out my post on Rome as well

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  3. geekyocean51 says:

    Iā€™m going to Rome next month so I defo shall visit

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