The Pantheon

The House of All Gods

Must-Do's Rome Published on 14 September 2018

The Pantheon, or ‘house of all gods’, is indeed a majestic sight. In fact, it’s the world’s biggest unreinforced concrete dome! The Romans built it as a place of worship, so tens of statues of gods used to populate it. The oculus at the top of the circular dome brings light inside the hollow and gloomy temple, making the sight of the chapel spectacular!

Highlights at the Pantheon

Be sure to visit the resting place of kings! Since it became a Christian church in the Middle Ages, the Pantheon has also housed crypts and illustrious graves. Amongst the VIPs buried here lies the world-famous painter Raffaello, who painted several rooms of the Vatican. What’s more, two Kings of Italy –  Vittorio Emanuele II, who declared the Italian Unification in 1861, and Umberto I  – also rest here.

Time to Explore: 1-2 hours.

Top Tips: Each year on the 21st June, the light from the top of the oculus fills the Pantheon to salute the summer solstice. Time your visit so you don’t miss this astounding sight!

What’s Close? Piazza Navona, Marcus Aurelius Column, Altar of the Fatherland, Campo de’ Fiori.

 

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