One of the most impressive monuments in Rome, the Pantheon was a temple built by the Emperor Hadrian in the year 125 to honour the Roman gods. In 609, the Byzantine Emperor Phocas gave it as a present to Pope Boniface IV who transformed it into a Christian church (Saint Mary of the Martyrs). It is amazing to see the degree to which the Pantheon has remained the centre of the City's life throughout history. From the front it resembles a rectagular Greek temple, but when you step inside you will be as stunned as the Roman citizens by the gigantic round interior and the coffered dome with an occulus in the very top acting as a skylight. This building is a truly stunning feat of Roman architecture. The Pantheon also serves as a sepulchre for the royal family, the Savoys and houses the tomb of the painter Raphael.
All year long :
From Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:30
Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00
Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December