"Ancient Temple" Pantheon Tip by Lhenne1
Pantheon, Rome: 272 reviews and 577 photos
One of the must-see sights of Rome. The Pantheon was built in 25 BC as a temple to the seven deities of the seven planets (according the religion of ancient Rome). Today it is a Christian church, and has been since the seventh century.
The only natural light admitted into the temple comes through the oculus, the round opening in the center of the dome. This also makes it a difficult place to visit in the rain.
The outside of the dome was originally covered in bronze, but the artist Bernini used it to create the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
The Pantheon is also star-studded with the tombs it contains. The painters Raphael, Peruzzi and Caracci are all buried here.
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