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Pantheon
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One of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements combines momentous history and inspired architecture.

In a capital blessed with a wealth of world-famous architecture, this 2,000-year-old temple stands as one of the greatest monuments to the power and ambition of the Roman Empire.

Although originally built in the 1st century B.C. under the auspices of Roman general Marcus Agrippa, the Pantheon we see today was actually laid out in the year 126 by famous Roman emperor Hadrian. Despite this, the inscription across its facade credits its first commissioner, reading “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, made this building when consul for the third time.”

Famed for its portico of eight striking granite Corinthian columns, with another eight behind — all supporting a vast triangular pediment — the main temple building is actually a rotunda, topped with what remains the largest non-reinforced concrete dome on earth. The diameter of the rotunda is 142 feet (43 meters) and its height from checkerboard marble floor to lofty dome apex is exactly the same. While the dome above is the feature that gains the most attention, take time to look down at the floor, unchanged since Roman times.

First built as a temple to the Ancient Roman gods (a translation of “pantheon” is “for all gods”), the structure has been used as a Roman Catholic church since the early 7th century. This Christian conversion had an enormous influence on the interior decor of the structure. From the many Renaissance masterpieces now adorning the curved walls of the rotunda to all the noteworthy Christians buried in its tomb (including Italian king Umberto I and famous artist Raphael), the Pantheon beautifully brings together Roman mythology and Christian dogma.

With millions of tourists exploring the far-from-spacious monument every single year, expect lines stretching across Piazza della Rotonda every day. However long it takes, there is no doubt that the Pantheon is worth the wait.

The Pantheon is in central Rome and is open seven days a week. As the streets in the area are too narrow for buses, the best way to get to the Pantheon is by taxi or on foot. Some buses do get fairly close if you are up for a short walk.

One of ancient Rome’s greatest achievements combines momentous history and inspired architecture.

In a capital blessed with a wealth of world-famous architecture, this 2,000-year-old temple stands as one of the greatest monuments to the power and ambition of the Roman Empire.

Although originally built in the 1st century B.C. under the auspices of Roman general Marcus Agrippa, the Pantheon we see today was actually laid out in the year 126 by famous Roman emperor Hadrian. Despite this, the inscription across its facade credits its first commissioner, reading “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, made this building when consul for the third time.”

Famed for its portico of eight striking granite Corinthian columns, with another eight behind — all supporting a vast triangular pediment — the main temple building is actually a rotunda, topped with what remains the largest non-reinforced concrete dome on earth. The diameter of the rotunda is 142 feet (43 meters) and its height from checkerboard marble floor to lofty dome apex is exactly the same. While the dome above is the feature that gains the most attention, take time to look down at the floor, unchanged since Roman times.

First built as a temple to the Ancient Roman gods (a translation of “pantheon” is “for all gods”), the structure has been used as a Roman Catholic church since the early 7th century. This Christian conversion had an enormous influence on the interior decor of the structure. From the many Renaissance masterpieces now adorning the curved walls of the rotunda to all the noteworthy Christians buried in its tomb (including Italian king Umberto I and famous artist Raphael), the Pantheon beautifully brings together Roman mythology and Christian dogma.

With millions of tourists exploring the far-from-spacious monument every single year, expect lines stretching across Piazza della Rotonda every day. However long it takes, there is no doubt that the Pantheon is worth the wait.

The Pantheon is in central Rome and is open seven days a week. As the streets in the area are too narrow for buses, the best way to get to the Pantheon is by taxi or on foot. Some buses do get fairly close if you are up for a short walk.

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Top Hotels Close to Pantheon

Colonna Suite del Corso
Colonna Suite del Corso
Via della Colonna Antonina 41, Rome
The price is ¥9,385 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Via del Corso, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain. Piazza Navona and Piazza Venezia are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (229 reviews)
Great room
"The hotel is well located. The Roman bath in the bathroom is fantastic, really unique! The Finnish sauna is small but works nicely. The only problem is that the room itself is very, very small. Only the bed fits in and that's it. On a side not, we came in Covid times, so hotels tend to be empty. ..."

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Albergo Del Senato
Albergo Del Senato
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Rotonda 73, Rome, RM
The price is ¥22,692 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Spotless hotel in the absolute best location! Staff was incredibly helpful and kind!"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

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UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM
The price is ¥13,704 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
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4.5/5Wonderful! (988 reviews)
"Excellent choice if you are traveling and need to be close to the train station and the Fiumicino Airport. If you can, try the Hotel restaurant for Dinner. The food was phenomenal and the ambience warm and elegant. Highly recommended to solo travelers. Great room and really amazing food at the restaurant. ..."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
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Hotel Le Clarisse al Pantheon
Hotel Le Clarisse al Pantheon
3 out of 5
Via Arco Della Ciambella 19, Rome, RM
The price is ¥6,729 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Hotel Le Clarisse al Pantheon
Albergo Del Senato
Albergo Del Senato
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Rotonda 73, Rome, RM
The price is ¥22,692 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Albergo Del Senato
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM
The price is ¥13,704 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 16
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Colonna Suite del Corso
Colonna Suite del Corso
Via della Colonna Antonina 41, Rome
The price is ¥9,385 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
Colonna Suite del Corso
47 Boutique Hotel
47 Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Via Luigi Petroselli 47, Rome, RM
The price is ¥24,962 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
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Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
Hotel 87 Eighty-Seven - Maison D'Art Collection
4 out of 5
Via del Tritone 87-89, Rome, Rome
The price is ¥8,836 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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Hotel Abruzzi
Hotel Abruzzi
3 out of 5
Piazza Della Rotonda 69, Rome, RM
The price is ¥10,631 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 12
Hotel Abruzzi
Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel
Relais Trevi 95 Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Via del Lavatore 95, Rome, RM
The price is ¥12,912 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
The price is ¥11,518 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Hotel Quirinale
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