Ancient Ruins III
Built from 118-128 AD, this is a magnificent example of the ancient Roman architecture.
Its name means “The temple of all gods” in Greek, and its size and its Oculus indeed make the intended impression.
Today’s Pantheon was built on the site where Marcus Agrippa, the famous Roman architect and military general, built a building in honor of the then emperor, Augustus, which subsequently burnt to the ground in a fire. (By the way, Mr. Agrippa not only built some of the most prestigious Roman ancient monuments, but has also defeated Kleopatra in the battle of Actium).
Emperor Hadrian built today’s huge Pantheon which has survived in great shape throughut history thanks to its frequent us as a temple and later as a church.
Its architecture is what makes it so valuable and impressive, as it has the world’s largest unsupported dome built of concrete. Its many arches give the impression of vast size once you enter inside. The dome’s most famous feature is the Oculus, the eye of the Pantheon.
The dome’s height as well as its diameter is 43.3 meters (124 feet), with the oculus at the top as the only source of light and a direct connection to the gods above.
One of the most famous painters of Italy, Rafael, is buried here, alongside the two Italian kings, Vittorio Emmanuele and Umberto I.
Address: Piazza della Rotonda, Rome
Access: free. For more info visit: Rome Tourist Office.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- ThePantheon (/ˈpænθiən/ or US /ˈpænθiɒn/; Latin: Pantheon,[nb 1] from Greek Πάνθειον Pantheion meaning “[temple] of every god”) is a building in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier building commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus