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Things to do in Pantheon
The Pantheon of Rome is a timeless building with an ancient history, defined by Michelangelo as a divine work. It was originally built in the Augustan period and is dedicated to all the gods worshiped in the days of ancient Rome.
Rebuilt by Emperor Adriano between 118 and 128 AD, the building is a typical example of classical architecture: the calculation of the geometries and the perfect harmony of its lines make it stable and balanced.
With the advent of Christianity, the Pantheon was converted into a Christian basilica in the early seventh century by the name of Santa Maria della Rotonda. This conversion has allowed it to remain intact over the centuries and unaffected by looting and damage operated into Rome of the popes against the classical buildings.
Today, the Pantheon not only claims the status of a Minor Basilica, but it is also the burial place for Italy's first two kings: Vittorio Emanuele II and his son Umberto I. Known as one of the oldest churches in the world and the tomb of the first kings, a visit to this ancient Roman temple is definitely a must for anybody visiting the Eternal City.
Admire the perfection of classical architecture and its magnificent dome, built with very innovative techniques for its time. Another feature not to miss is the oculus, from which sunlight enters and gives life to the interior space. No wonder it is home to millions of tourists every year.
The Pantheon is open to the public from Monday to Saturday, from 9.00 am to 7.30 pm, and on Sunday from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm. Located in an extremely vibrant district of the city, it is easily accessible by public transport, Metro Line A stop Barberini. Bus lines 30, 40, 62, 64, 81, 87, and 492 will also bring you to this ancient building.
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