If you only stop into one church in Rome make it the Pantheon! it is just incredible!
FACTS I LOVE ABOUT THE ABOUT THE PANTHEON
The current Pantheon is the third one built on this site. The first was built in 27 BC by Marcus Agrippa but later burned down, the second built by Emperor Domition was struck by lightning the current version was built by Hadrian in 118-128 AD.
The Pantheon dome is an architectural marvel. It was the biggest dome in the world for 1300 years, and still remains the largest dome in the world that is not reinforced. This was achieved this by using lighter and less thick material as it got higher. Originally the dome was covered in bronze, this was removed to build part of the Vatican. Romans were into recycling well before the rest of the world!
In keeping with the classical rules of architecture, the height of the building is exactly the same as the width.
The Oculus is the opening in the center of the dome, at one point this was the only light source in the building.
The pure bronze double doors are 21 feet high and weigh 20 tons each. At one point the were covered in gold!
The columns at the entrance were quarried in Egypt and brought by boat and barge to Rome. Each on weighs and incredible 60 tons. Imagine the strength and engineering that it took to build this master piece.
The Pantheon still serves as a church today and is one of the oldest continuously used places of worship in Rome.
Are you ready to join us? Come discover history by walking the streets of Rome with us!
It is not a secret that my soul lives in the eternal city. This magnificent place has so much to offer visitors. If you are a lover of history and beauty this is the city for you.
I always tell people there are wonderful tour guides in Rome, but you do not need a guide to see this city, you just need a comfortable pair of shoes. Rome is a very walk-able city. If you get lost, and you will, I promise you will discover something magical which you would have missed otherwise.
I found this lovely fountain when I was on a walk with no destination. With an iPhone and a few euros you have enough to entertain yourself for the entire day.
Come and see Rome for yourself. A long day of walking is the best way to open your horizons and see life in a new way.
If you are one of the lucky ones it will get inside you and change you forever. It is a city that speaks to those who listen, look and love…and those who think it is a dirty crowded city are not open to receiving its gifts.