The Pantheon is a must see in Rome. Built 2,000 years ago, its interior is well preserved and is the best example of ancient Rome’s splendor. Michelangelo modeled the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica from that of the Pantheon.From the outside, the Pantheon looks like a typical Greek temple. Below the triangular pediment an inscription declares who built it, “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucio, three times consul made this.”Inside, it’s purely Roman with huge granite columns. There are decorative statues and tombs of well known people such as the artist Raphael.The buildin’s only light source is the oculus that is completely open. The floor has holes that serve as drainage.In ancient times, the Pantheon was a temple to worship any of the gods. In the Middle Ages, it became a Christian church, and it remains so today.A €5 audio is available, €8 for two people. One doesn’t need to shell out any euros. Rick Steves has a free Pantheon audio tour. I downloaded his free app and listened to the audio tour while in the Pantheon.
A reminder, bare shoulders and skimpy shorts are not allowed. Dress accordingly, and enjoy this must see attraction in Rome.