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Pantheon, Rome

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Nearly 2,000 years old, Pantheon is the only building from the Greco-Roman world that has remained substantially intact and in continuous use throughout its long history. A marvel of ancient architecture, it still boasts the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. Originally designed to be a temple to all the gods of the ancient Rome, the site has been used as a Roman Catholic church, dedicated to St. Mary, since the seventh century. The building features large, granite Corinthian columns. Don't skip this site if it's raining; seeing and hearing the rain pouring into this ancient building through the hole in the ceiling is a special experience. Arrange to visit Pantheon and other attractions in Rome using our Rome road trip tool .
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  • An impressive sight. Lots of people visit here and there are restaurants nearby. You can also go inside which is good  more »
  • Make sure you get the audio tour for 5 euros or less. The history brings the place to life. One of the places where you don't a ticket to skip the line. You just walk right in.  more »
  • A free fun activity is a visit to the Pantheon. Now a Catholic Basilica, it was originally a Roman Temple for a variety if gods. Inside the church the religious artwork is jaw dropping. Look up throug...  more »
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  • Another must see site in Rome. Probably one of the most iconic buildings in the world and it's also FREE to enter. The architecture of this building is truly incredible and it is hard to believe how old it really is, not to mention how they built it! A stunning masterpiece that should be seen by everyone! The only annoying thing, as with all main attractions in Rome, is the street sellers... the bracelet scammers, the annoying toy sellers, the fake Roman guards who are very rude and aggressive and that's just naming a few! Do not buy from them and don't let them take photos for you etc, unless you want to be chased down for your Euros. They tend to aim their acts at children to make you feel guilty etc, incredibly pathetic people who should really be banned from the great city of Rome. Also, in regards to eating on the square, I would advise against it... the prices are very high and the food is not great. The locals in Rome in fact are strictly against people eating in the square of the Pantheon. You will see many buildings have closed down here due them not making enough money! (the rent is 40,000-60,000 Euros per month). If you need to eat or have a drink, walk around 50 metres and there's some nice places such as a world famous coffee shop. I would also recommend stopping in Ginger which is a great restaurant for lunch or drinks.
  • Stunning must see go early to avoid crowds. We listened to concert by youth orchestra. Rome is a delight like this as these things just seem to happen while surrounded by 2000 year old remains and medieval buildings. The surrounding piazza is fun and lively
  • Even I was in Rome before it was my first time at the Phanteon! The weather was not that perfect but even though there were plenty of tourists at that place to see this very amazing building! In the past it was a temple and later on it became a church! It is very impressive how the people at that time were able to build such a building without machines! The dome is Hugh and form my point the biggest and nicest in all Rome, even it's open in the middle and you can see the sky, which brings a fantastic light inside the church! I was deeply impressed....the old Romans did very well!!!!I
  • The Pantheon is probably one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Italy. I was impressed by the scale of the columns holding up the gigantic structure. The ceiling dome allows light to pass through at different angles dependent on the time of the day. The effect is a ray of light that circulates the room as the sun passes over. What an amazing architectural feat for a building that has been erected so long ago.
  • A cracking space. The dome is amazing. The queue looks large but moves quickly. And the surrounding area is gorgeous. Great to sit and chill with a beer (or something) and watch the world go by with that beautiful building in the foreground
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