on June 6, 2008
The Pantheon The Pantheon borders on the Piazza della Rotonda and is not far from the Piazza Navone. The building's dome, is really impressive and was, at one time the largest in the world. At the top of the dome is a large opening, the oculus, which was the only source of light. You can see this in my pictures. Originally a temple for all pagan gods, the temple was converted into a church. The Pantheon contains the tombs of Raphael and of several Italian Kings. You can see some of the interior in my photos. The inside is really impressive; partly due to the dome but also due to how well it has been preserved. There is no real damage to be seen and the colours and original roman design is still really clear. It is dark inside and can be a bit busy but is nice to look around and does provide some detailed history as you walk round it. The Piazza is also worth visiting. We stopped there for lunch after visiting the Pantheon and there are plenty of places to grab lunch.
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