Whoa, seems like it has been a while since I’ve written on the blog, but it was only four days! In that time, I’ve gone through some pretty big, exciting life changes that I may eventually share. But for now, let’s journey back into the past and see some more ancient Roman architecture, huh?
When you mention “the Pantheon,” there is really no doubt which one you’re talking about. In fact, I didn’t know other cities had pantheons until I saw one in Nimes! Clearly the one in Rome is on its own level. Though it is so hyped up, I had no idea why! Well I went and saw it first then looked up the facts later…
I didn’t quite understand the “There’s a hole in the roof that lets in the rain!” until I saw it for myself:
That’s natural light filtering in, guys! How beautiful is that? If it is raining, the water falls into the floor’s 22 virtually invisible holes.
Finding out about the meaning of the building’s name revealed a lot about its purpose. Pan (every) – Theon (divinity): the building was dedicated to the worship of every god.
It was even more surprising to find out that the building is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. I thought that it must have been retouched or something! I could hardly tell that this was a piece of work still standing from the time Emperor Hadrian commissioned it in 118-125 A.D. Now this was a contrast from the run-down ancient ruins over at the Roman Forum.
The circular interior looked stunning from every angle.
In my research writing this post, I found out that the great artist Raphael was buried in the Pantheon. How could I not have known that?! I am mentally kicking myself right now. And this is why you should do your research first, kids!
Outside the Pantheon is the little square Piazza della Rotonda. The previous night, I enjoyed a dinner across from the Pantheon then stepped out to watch the nightlife unfold. Musicians, street performers, and citizens all gathered in the square and did their thing. It was such a treat to witness “blue hour” in front of this iconic building.
Have you been to the Pantheon? Where else in Rome is your favorite spot or would you like to go?
Thanks for reading!