Pantheon, Rome

Pantheon – a must see if you are in Rome. The oldest structure there, Pantheon’s foundations were laid in 27 BC. The structure was brought down and rebuilt by Hadrian in 120 AD, a design that the great emperor designed himself. A proof of exemplary Roman engineering, the structure stands strong and beautiful even today. It proved to be a study material for Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, before they built their own at Florence and Vatican.

As one walks into this, lips shape into an expression of ‘WOW’, eyes are left wide open scanning the statues in the decorated niches. Though most part of the interiors have been ripped off, a section of the monument (with twin grilled windows right of altar), still retains its old charm. The church houses the tombs of various famous artists and kings.

I stood there below that opening in the top, like millions of tourists and residents of Rome must have for centuries before me, admiring the circular piece of sky up there. Light flows in like a huge column scanning first the floor and then the statues and moves up and up till darkness sets in. It is an inlet for rainwater too. The floor slants towards the edges, and there are holes which allow easy drainage of the rain water, all this designed and made without modern tools centuries back.

The marble floor remade in 1873, but still has the original pattern of alternate squares and circles. No tickets required for entering, hence one of the most crowded monument I saw in Rome. In spite of all that chaos and excitement around, I think I enjoyed this place the most.

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31 Responses

  1. Joop Zand says:

    Nice place and beautiful pictures.

    Greetings, Joop

  2. Viola says:

    Oh!! So beautifyl, what a buildning! I didn't go to see it unfortunately.. The beautiful floor, the roof with the cirle to let the sun in, wonderful!! I'm sure you had a great time there! =)

  3. George says:

    Your picture of the column of light coming through the opening is wonderful, as is the next picture where the light strikes the wall. Thanks for taking us to this beautiful place.

  4. Hilary says:

    Oh marvelous! You've seen so many amazing things. And you share.. all the better.

  5. dancingdoc says:

    a sacred space

  6. Sridharan says:

    The majestic and elegant Roman architecture is a sight to behold brings a sense of thrill to view those great monuments. You are lucky to have visited and kind enough to share those moments through these wonderful pictures..Thanks indrani..!

  7. Sylvia K says:

    Such a superb, breathtakingly beautiful, historical place! How I would love to see it! But your photos, as always, are the next best thing to being there myself! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty and the history! Hope you have a great week, Indrani!


  8. Carver says:

    You captured the immense beauty of this architectural gem so well with your photography.

  9. Goodness! These shots are spectacular. They convey pure strength and drive. Wow. Thanks for showing me these places.

  10. It is a wonderful building, I ahve also been there, loved your pics.

  11. Ebie says:

    This is a beautiful building. I love the natural light coming in from the hole!

  12. ladyfi says:

    Wow wow and wow! Must go there! Fabulous shots – thanks for sharing.

  13. Good shots Indrani. Reminded me of my trip there ages ago!

  14. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, it looks like a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  15. Kristin says:

    Beautiful place that you visit there Indrani. May you enjoy your journey and holiday there.

  16. Gattina says:

    Interesting ! I have been in whole Italy but never in Rome ! Have to go there once.

  17. Haddock says:

    Wow….is all that I can say.
    It must be a real engineering marvel.
    And to think it was made so many years ago……
    Must visit this place.

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  19. Reader Wil says:

    You have the gift to show a building in words and photos in such a way that I feel as if I am there in reality! So thank you for the tour!

  20. YOSEE says:

    The best monument in Rome, according to me !

  21. Pietro says:

    Really splendid! Beautiful pictures, the marble floor is thrilling.

  22. EG Wow says:

    If I ever get to Rome I will definitely see this in person!

  23. Honestly I never saw the interiors of the Pantheon, this was my fisrt look and Lo! is it not amazing.

  24. Really pleasing..
    So beautiful pictures too..
    Have a great Time ahead!!

  25. nice shots!!!!
    i particularly like the shot where the sun rays are streaming in through the top

  26. This is an impressive monument!

  27. arabesque says:

    i think the coffered ceiling of the dome is the most dramatic amongst all. amidst all the hordes of people, i think one can really appreciate its work of art.
    thnx for showing us these. ^0^

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