This magnificent structure was originally built in 27BC by Augustus’s general son in law, Marcus Agrippa. His name can still be clearly seen on the façade.  After the great fire of AD 80, the emperor Hadrian rebuilt this pagan temple. In the sixth century, Pope Boniface IV transformed this temple into a Christian Church.

The Pantheon is often crowded. Visit early in morning and if possible, during a downpour as the sight of the rain entering the building through the oculus is spectacular!  Visit the tasty La Sagrestia restaurant nearby for dinner on Via del Seminario.

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