The Pantheon, Rome│We came to the Pantheon while strolling around the streets of Rome on a sunny – but later rainy – afternoon. We weren’t actively looking for it though, so when we arrived in the square in front of the Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, and turned around to see these gigantic pillars – we were quite impressed!
The Pantheon is a former Roman Temple, and currently a church. It’s name comes from the Greek word, Pantheion, meaning “[temple] of every god”. The building is circular with a “porch” of large granite columns – eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.
The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings.
Here are some pictures from our time spent admiring the Pantheon, and also grabbing some gelato from a cafe nearby.
I think we bought a gelato for each new sight that we saw… and we were sightseeing all day, every day!
Above, the interior of the Pantheon. This image was taken by Stefan Baue.
“Circles and squares form the unifying theme of the interior design. The checkerboard floor pattern contrasts with the concentric circles of square coffers in the dome. Each zone of the interior, from floor to ceiling, is subdivided according to a different scheme. As a result, the interior decorative zones do not line up. The overall effect is immediate viewer orientation according to the major axis of the building, even though the cylindrical space topped by a hemispherical dome is inherently ambiguous. This discordance has not always been appreciated, and the attic level was redone according to Neoclassical taste in the 18th century.” ~ Source of quote
The beautiful fluffy white clouds that you see in the above picture, turned grey and thick just a couple of hours after this! Have a look at our escape from the rain, and a quiet Italian lunch HERE.