"PANTEONE / PANTHEON" Pantheon Tip by tanianska

Pantheon, Rome: 272 reviews and 577 photos


<BR><font color=990000><font size=+1>PANTEONE / PANTHEON</font></font>
Considered by many to be the best preserved of all great classical monuments, the Pantheon was dedicated in 27 BC by Agrippa, the admiral who defeated Anthony and Cleopatra, and rebuilt by Hadrian in AD 125 after it had been struck by lightning and burnt down sometime between AD 98-117. Originally, the structure served as a temple for the seven Roman planetary deities, Apollo, Diana, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, but was later consecrated as a Catholic church in AD 609. The Pantheon possesses a dome with a span of 43.2m (142ft), the largest of its kind until the Duomo in Florence was built in the 15th century. There is no obvious support mechanism for the dome, but the quality of the materials used and the fact that the diameter is exactly equal to the height have enabled it to survive more or less intact. The bronze and gold decor was stripped away to be used in other Roman monuments, such as St Peter's Basilica, but the sheer size and age of the building cannot fail to impress. Inside visitors can see the tomb of the Renaissance master Raphael.

Directions: <BR><b>Addresses:</b> Il Panteone, Piazza della Rotunda, Rome, Italy

<b>Tel:</b> 39 06 6830 0230

othercontact: <B>Opening Times:</B> Mon-Sat 08
Phone: 0039 06 68300230
Website: http://www.museionline.info/roma-musei-e-monumenti/pantheon

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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