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The Pantheon is the best-preserved ancient building in Rome, the building we see today dates back to 120 A.D. The original building was built in 27 B.C., but was destroyed by fire and completely rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian. On the outside you see 16 columns that were made in one piece in Egypt, and transported to Rome. Inside the most impressive sight is that of the dome. Until the renaissance it was the biggest dome in the world, and it was the bases for the dome that Michelangelo built for the St. Peter's. In the middle of the dome, you will see a big hole, which is the only source of light for the building. When it rains holes in the floor make sure that the water, makes it way out.
The floorplan of the Pantheon is still the same as in Roman times, and most of the inside of the building is still the same, except for the statues of Catholic saints, the tomb of Raphael, and the tombs of 2 kings of Italy. (Victor Emanuelle II and Umberto I.)
Daily 9:00am - 7:30pm.
entrance to the Pantheon is free
The entrance of the Pantheon faces the Piazza della Rotonda. Which is in the middle of the center of Rome, and can be reached the best on foot.
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