If you raise your eyes to heaven: you will be surprised by a spectacular beam of light that obliquely filters through the oculus, namely the 9 meters wide circular opening at the top of the dome which illuminates the entire building. In rainy days you can see how water while falling in the building disappears through the almost invisible 22 holes. Pantheon is dedicated to the worship of all gods, it was built by Emperor Adriano between 118 and 125 AD on the ruins of an earlier Temple dating back to 27 BC built by Agrippa of which there are still some traces
it was consecrated as a church in 609 and took the name of Santa Maria ad Martyres. In 1870 it became a shrine of the King of Italy , and it presently houses the remains of Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto and Margherita di Savoia. There is also buried the painter Raffaello Sanzio. Once you leave the Pantheon, you can relax and enjoy the view of the heart of Rome sitting at one of the many cafes overlooking Piazza della Rotonda.
Piazza della Rotonda
Telephone: +39 06 68300230
Sunday: 9.00 – 18.00
Midweek Holidays: 9.00 – 13.00
Closed: January 1, December 25
Last admission 15 minutes before closing time