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The Pantheon in Rome is an architectural marvel and a testament to the ingenuity of the ancient Romans. When you visit this iconic monument, be sure not to miss these highlights:

  • The Oculus: The Pantheon’s massive dome features a central opening called the oculus, which is 8.92 meters (29.3 feet) in diameter. This is the primary source of natural light inside the building, creating a unique atmosphere as sunlight illuminates the interior.
  • The Dome: The Pantheon’s dome is the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome, with a diameter of 43.3 meters (142 feet). The impressive structure is a remarkable feat of engineering that has stood the test of time.
  • The Portico and Pediment: The Pantheon’s grand entrance is marked by a rectangular portico supported by 16 granite Corinthian columns. The triangular pediment above the entrance features an inscription attributing the building to Marcus Agrippa, despite being completed by Emperor Hadrian.
  • Raphael’s Tomb: Inside the Pantheon, you will find the tomb of the famous Italian artist and architect Raphael. His burial place is marked by a simple marble slab and a touching epitaph, celebrating his artistic genius.
  • The Altars and Chapels: The Pantheon is home to several altars and chapels dedicated to various saints and Christian figures. Among these, you can find the Chapel of the Crucifixion, the Chapel of the Annunciation, and the Altar of St. Joseph in the Holy Land.
  • The Pantheon’s Floor: Don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate the original Roman marble floor, with its intricate geometric patterns and colorful stones from various parts of the ancient empire.
  • The Exterior: After exploring the interior, take time to admire the exterior of the Pantheon, with its distinctive cylindrical shape, large dome, and towering columns. The surrounding square, Piazza della Rotonda, is a perfect spot to relax and soak in the atmosphere of this ancient Roman masterpiece. (Pantheon Wikipedia)

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