It is a well known fact that Romans copied Greeks in everything during the ancient times, including gods, temples, names and even their mythology.
Pantheon is actually a greek word which means the Temple of all gods. Some say Pantheon got its name by having the statues of all gods surrounding it.
I have to mention the man that is standing behind this beauty. He was the son-in-law of a future first emperor of Rome, Agustus. He was a man of many talents, including architecture, consulship, but also he was a very successful general and governor of germanic tribes. His name was Marcus Vip
sanius Agrippa. Emperor Augustus and Agrippa have made a plan to rebuild Rome, all in marble and in spirit.
Pantheon’s construction started in the reign of Augustus , from 27 BC to 14 AD. Unfortunately it was not completed by neither Augustus nor Agrippa; it was completed by Emperor Hadrian around 126 AD.
Although it has a beautiful porch in its front, made out of huge granite Corinthian columns, in it’s base it is circular and have a concrete dome with an opening or Oculus looking at the sky as if it’s heavens. The magic of this construction is that even during the rainy period, drops newer arrive to the floor level.
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Well-known painter an architect of the Renaissance Raffaello Sanzio Da Urbino or simply known as Raphael is laid to rest here by his own wish, with inscriptions on his sarcophagus:
” ILLE HIC EST RAPHAEL TIMUIT QUO SOSPITE VINCI / RERUM MAGNA PARENS ET MORIENTE MORI” meaning “Here lies Raphael, by whose untimely end, nature lost both a rival and a friend”
When you walk into the Pantheon you have a sense of this ancient temple being still used for exercising multi deities religion however it is now a church, St Mary and the Martyrus.
Pantheon is most preserved building from ancent period as also the misteris and legends that surround it for millenia.In a case You want to discover some of it, join our Ghosts in Rome guided tour.