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Rome - Pantheon

The Pantheon (from greek "πᾶν", all and "θεῖος", of or for all the gods) also worldwide known as the "Temple of all Godsis a magnificent building and one of the most impressive testimonies to the Ancient Rome.

Originally designed to be a sacred temple dedicated to all Gods of Olympus, it was built by Marcus Agrippa in 27-25 BC as the inscription on the front of the temple reads: M•AGRIPPA•L•F•COS•TERTIVM•FECIT (from latin "Marcus Agrippa, Lucii filius, consul tertium fecit, meaning Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, three times consul, built this"), it is the only remain from the original temple built by emperor Agrippa; only in 609 Pope Boniface IV converted it into a Christian basilica known as Sancta Maria ad Martyres dedicated to the Virgin Mary and all the Martyrs. The form of the Pantheon is particularly debated, its original shape reflects a traditional rectangular temple but over the centuries was damaged many times, destroyed in a fire in 80 AD, it was rebuilt by Domitian but destroyed again under Trajan's rule and rebuilt by Hadrian between 118 and 125 AD but this time in a totally different, circular design as we see it today. After the consecration as Christian basilica it enjoyed papal protection for a longtime so that was fortunately preserved from abandonment, destruction and acts of vandalism; restored again by Pope Eugene IV, it was later embellished by paintings and architectural details of extraordinary beauty and prestige that made it one of the most beautiful architectural treasures in the world.

But it doesn't end here...the Pantheon is proud of being the first temple in the history of the world built for the common people and still the largest surviving concrete dome from antiquity while all the rest of Roman monuments has been shattered, moreover it boasts a splendid outer colonnade supporting a triangle pediment with the Agrippa's inscription of stunning Greek inspiration. Even Michelangelo at his first visit in Rome proclaimed this wonder of “angelic and not human design" due to the perfection of execution and the beauty of features, moreover the temple is said to have been built exactly where Romulus, the mythological founder of Rome, at his death was grabbed by an eagle and ascended into the heavens, among the Gods.

16 gray monolithic granite columns (14 m. high) embellish the wonderful Pantheon's pronaos, the main entrance is really impressive, the imposing bronze door (7 m. high) opens into a huge and perfect sphere symbolising the vault of heaven, once entering it, it’s easy to understand why...everything fits into each other so harmoniously that the scene has a strong and immediate effect on visitor, the vast empty space makes everybody feel so small and insignificant in relation to the immensity of divinity, 7 arched recesses and the huge Oculus (9 m. in diameter), the main source of natural light in the interior, add elements of prestige to this so majestic masterpiece.

Regularly active as a church, the Pantheon is visited today by hundreds of tourists from all over the world, catholics and locals who love to stay in Piazza della Rotonda as well, both a must while staying in Rome. The square was named after "Rotonna" (la Rotonda) as the Pantheon is still today affectionately called from Romans and also known as Chiesa Santa Maria della Rotonda once converted into a Christian basilica. Piazza della Rotonda is enriched by the Fontana del Pantheon, a splendid Renaissance fountain (1575) constructed by Giacomo Della Porta and surmounted by the Egyptian obelisk of Ramses II.

The Pantheon is also used as a tomb, monumental and prestigious graves are set into its walls, the artist Raphael Sanzio, the king Umberto I and Vittorio Emanuele II lie in rest here.

Cam on-line since: 03/09/2013

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    • 2 months ago
    • Gladys Mercurio

    Questo è uno dei miei posti preferiti per appena appendere fuori e guarda persone provenienti da tutto il mondo vengono a visitare. Saremo in pochi mesi. Grazie a questa web cam.

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    • 4 months ago
    • Cyril

    gratzi bella x

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    • 4 months ago
    • Sherry l

    La piazza che amo di piu! So happy this webcam is back! Grazie tanto

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    • 4 months ago
    • joe m

    So happy this one is back!!!

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    • 9 months ago
    • Alla Gubareva

    Panorama benissima, grazie tanto!!!!

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    • 11 months ago
    • Sonny

    Very nice and relaxing panorama..Sometimes it is so relaxing to watch people or cars passing by and all the other little details thanks to the enhanced technology of the webcams...on the other hand I would like (and many other users) to see many, many more of these webcams.I am from Croatia, it would be really nice to put a webcam on the mountain SRĐ that overlooks Dubrovnik from 415 meters above..if well placed it would be a wonderfull panorama engulfing not only Dubrovnik but the surrounding small islands....and there is a need to install at least 5 more webcams along the Adriatic coast fro Istria, Pula (Pola) and the Arena are a must...Rovinj (Rovigno)...Kvarner Bay and Rijeka (Fiume), Zadar (Zara), Split.....how much does it cost to place&maintain a webcam like on this site? I read your introduction article and could not agree more with you on the fact that it is one of the latest and finest tools for tourist industry onwards.Congratulations for your work so far.

  • avatar
    • 12 months ago
    • Gary Jones

    Looks nice place maybe a glass of red if price is ok lets see next week 15 November.

  • avatar
    • 1 year ago
    • Sherry l

    My favourite place in the whole world! Thanks for letting me watch it.
    Question... Is that an awning or umbrella across the top blocking the view?

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    • 1 year ago
    • Cecilia

    Thank you so much for turning the camera to the Pantheon. I love all of your webcams but this is now my favorite!

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    • 1 year ago
    • Fernanda Maria Dourado dos Santos

    Un sogno queste fontane!