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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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  • The Pantheon is one of the only places in Rome with free admission. This grand structure is located in a very chill neighborhood. The plaza directly in front of the Pantheon is a great place to people watch or rest. The structure is almost 2000 years old, and is a miracles that it's still preserved as well as it is. The opening at the top allows divine light to enter from the top of the building. I could totally imagine ancient Roman emperors coming to communicate with the gods.
  • What could someone say after 50k+ reviews? It's a true wonder. A huge dome built almost 2,000 years ago and surprisingly well preserved. The artwork inside is truly amazing. It's a not to be missed not because it's free (that's another miracle especially in Italy). Yes, it gets crowded as other people want to see it, too. Security is high but not disturbing. Even the neighborhood is interesting. (Skip the restaurants around here as they tend to be unreasonably expensive offering mediocre quality.)
  • It's breathtaking place. If you never been there and have never seen it, it will shock you once you see it. When I arrived to the place I walked out via a side street and the moment I saw it I was without words. The size of the place is unreal. The pictures cannot explain the actual size of it. Inside is huge and had good architecture to it. It's beautiful building with huge history behind it. You have to try it, entrance is for free, you don't need to get a guide to get into it unless you are willing to pay for someone to explain what this place is all about. Just keep your bag nearby as there are many people and peacefully walk around the building to explore it's beauty.
  • The Pantheon is a mightily impressive building in the heart of Rome. When viewed from afar it stands out on the skyline, but when navigating at street level it is well hidden amongst the streets of Rome and appears to you majestically as you approach it around a corner. Inside it is the most striking as you wonder how they built that massive dome 2000 years ago. You have to be inside to appreciate the vastness and genius of engineering to create it. If you go early then you can avoid the crowds, any other times then you can expect your photo's to be crashed by random tourists staring upwards. Please be aware that this is a religious place and as such you should remain as quiet as possible.
  • Fantastic location at any time of day with the best part being that it's free. They don't check your bags or anything and is one of the easiest sights to get in and out of. There's a nice square inside as well and it's actually pretty cool (temperature-wise) with some pews so it can be a nice place to take a break. There are some things to look at inside too. It can take anywhere from 5 minutes to much longer to visit.
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