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The Roman Pantheon is one of the architectural masterpieces of the Italian capital. It is the best preserved building from the ancient Rome. The construction of the current Pantheon was carried out during the reign of Hadrian, in the year 126 A.D.
The circular building has exactly the same diameter as its height: 43.5 metres. The dome is bigger than that of Saint Peter's Basilica. At its top, a 9 metre diameter opening allows natural light to illuminate the entire building. When raining, the rain comes through the hole and the rainwater is drained away using the ancient drainage system.
The rectangular facade that hides the enormous dome is comprised of 16 granite columns which are each 14 meters in height. In the interior of the Pantheon the tombs of numerous Italian kings and a multitude of art works are found.
The outside the Pantheon there are usually crowd of people at any time, some taking photos while other enjoying at cafes on the Piazza della Rotonda.
The Pantheon is open from Mon to Saturday from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. On Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. It is closed on: 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.
The Pantheon is free to visit all year round. This makes it the perfect spot to pop in when visiting Rome.
It is situated in the centre of Rome, on Piazza della Rotonda, just between the Via del Corso and Piazza Navona. For those staying in the historic centre of Rome will be easy to reach it on foot. If using the metro, the Barberini stop on the line A will be convenient to reach the Pantheon. From this stop you need to walk for about 10 minutes to get there. Piazza Navona and Campo de' Fiori are very close to the Pantheon.
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