Pantheon

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5 historical facts about the Pantheon

Until the 20th century The Pantheon was the largest concrete structure in the world and a source of architectural study for Michelangelo among others! Here's some intersting facts for you to digest before you plan a visit.

  • Historical use

    1. Historical use

    As one of the oldest functioning structures in Rome, the Pantheon has had many uses. Primarily, it is a burial place for several important Italian historical figures.

  • Architecture of the dome

    2. Architecture of the dome

    The first instinct when you enter the Pantheon is to look up in awe at the magnificent dome overhead. It is the world's largest dome made of unreinforced solid concrete.

  • Interior

    3. Interior

    When you enter the Pantheon and look around you'll notice tombs set into the walls. Audio guides and tours are avaliable to explain more about who's who!

  • Exterior

    4. Exterior

    While it's famous for its rotunda, the Pantheon's grand portico entrance is a sight to behold in itself. Take a moment to wander amongst the beautiful corinthian columns before you leave.

  • The oculus

    5. The oculus

    The only source of light in the Pantheon comes from the Oculus in the ceiling. This large hole floods the room with light and instantly draws the eye!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    Opening times vary throughout the year. The Basilica is open weekdays from 9:00AM to 7:30PM. On Sunday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. On public holidays that fall during the workweek, the Basilica will stay open from 9:00AM to 1:00PM. Closed on: January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.

  • How much does it cost to visit?

    Not a thing. The Pantheon is free to visit all year round! This makes it the perfect spot to pop in and out of on a trip to Rome, or to linger a while longer and take a guided tour.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Monday - Saturday 9:00AM to 7:30PM. Sunday 9:00AM to 1:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • Will I need a guide?
    Nope, feel free to wander. However, audio guides and tours are available if you want to enhance your experience.
  • How to get there
    You can easily get the Pantheon by foot. It's located near the Trevi Fountain and there are plenty of signposts.
  • Additional information
    This site is still an active Catholic church and place of prayer so remember to speak softly and dress respectably.

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What people are saying about Pantheon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11,977 reviews

Federica was a Knowledgeable guide who brought the art to life with interesting stories. This is a highlights tour, and you are inundated with beautiful works for 2-2 1/2 hours. Could spend a lot more time, perhaps allow yourself time after the tour to go back and see any special interests on your own. Good value for understanding the most significant works from an art historian.

Very nice building, absolutely worth seeing! Despite booking (audio guides) you have to pay attention to the waiting time in front of the Pantheon! We had to wait about 45 minutes!

Damiano was a really entertaining tour guide and knew a lot. Also very nice to be able to talk about football with him!

What better experience than to see Rome at my own pace and with expert guides. Will repeat

Comprehensive audio guide, interesting route, courteous and attentive staff.