Rome - Pantheon live cam
Rome, view of the Pantheon, Piazza della Rotonda, the fountain and the Obelisk of Ramses II

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Rome's Pantheon or Temple of All Gods is one of the best-preserved monuments handed down by the Empire. As the Latin inscription on the front of the temple announces “M•AGRIPPA•L•F•COS•TERTIVM•FECIT”, the Pantheon was built by Marcus Agrippa, son-in-law of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, in 27-25 BC.
Ongoing debates concern both the name and shape of the Pantheon. The aforementioned Latin inscription mistakenly led to believe that the present-day circular temple coincided with the first original building, archeological digs later confirmed that Agrippa’s construction presented a traditional rectangular t-shaped form that went destroyed in a fire in 80 AD leaving only the façade. Emperor Domitian rebuilt the temple, but in 110 AD it suffered a similar fate only this time it was struck by lightning. The current Pantheon, dating back to 118-125 AD, can be attributed to Emperor Hadrian and appears today exactly as it was in Ancient Rome. The inscription was maintained as a homage to Agrippa. Originally intended as a sacred temple, the Pantheon was later converted into a Christian basilica by Pope Boniface IV in 609 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Martyrs, thus enjoying papal protection through time that kept it from abandonment and destruction.
Etymologically the word “Pantheon” comes from the Greek words  “πᾶν”, “all” and “θεῖος”, “of, (or) relating to, all the gods”; however, according to Roman Senator Cassius Dio the term was, instead, to be intended more as a nickname referring either to the statues of gods surrounding the building or to the fact that the vault resembles the heavens.
An architectural wonder in the heart of Rome attributed to Syrian Architect Apollodorus of Damascus and described by Michelangelo as an “angelic and not human design”; 16 monolithic columns adorn the Pantheon’s pronaos while a massive 7 meter high bronze door opens to an unprecedented rotunda featuring an immense, one of a kind, concrete domed ceiling symbolizing the vault of heaven - unique in both dimensions and architecture - at its center a 9 meter oculus, the only source of natural light. To this day, it is still largest unsupported dome in the world, brilliantly lightened so that not only the thickness of the walls decreased as they reached the oculus, but also their weight as they were progressively built with lighter materials.
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Fun Facts
The site where the Pantheon stands is believed to be the exact location where Romolo, founder of Rome, was - upon death - grabbed by an eagle, carried to heaven and positioned amongst the Gods! Anciently, the heat waves generated by the candles lit inside the temple would lift towards the ceiling scattering the drops of rain that entering the oculus. Although clever, this system was not sufficient in cases of heavy rain, in fact, the floor beneath the oculus presents 22 holes designed to drain incoming water.
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    • 2 months ago
    • Heidi

    Extreme hot weather. Wonder if anyone will break the rules and get in the fountains of Rome today? Watch out if you do its a 450 euro fine apparently!

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    • 3 months ago
    • Jorge Videira

    03/01/2019 - Saudade de Roma...2019 ano nuovo excelent...Jorge Videira

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    • 6 months ago
    • Claire

    Was there the other day where a friend met his Italian grandmother who had traveled 6hrs through Italy to meet him. It was such a beautiful moment in such a beautiful city, but yes I agree...selfie stick sellers every, arrrr!

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    • 7 months ago
    • wish_I_were_there

    I wish one day I'll visit Italy and all the great sites

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    • 8 months ago
    • Dean Taylor

    The Pantheon (UK: /ˈpænθiən/, US: /-ɒn/;[1] Latin: Pantheum,[nb 1] from Greek Πάνθειον Pantheion, "[temple] of all the gods") is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). It was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD. Its date of construction is uncertain, because Hadrian chose not to inscribe the new temple but rather to retain the inscription of Agrippa's older temple, which had burned down.
    The building is circular with a portico of large granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind) under a pediment. A rectangular vestibule links the porch to the rotunda, which is under a coffered concrete dome, with a central opening (oculus) to the sky. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.[3] The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 43 metres (142 ft).
    The 4,535 metric tons (4,999 short tons) weight of the Roman concrete dome is concentrated on a ring of voussoirs 9.1 metres (30 ft) in diameter that form the oculus, while the downward thrust of the dome is carried by eight barrel vaults in the 6.4 metres (21 ft) thick drum wall into eight piers. The thickness of the dome varies from 6.4 metres (21 ft) at the base of the dome to 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) around the oculus.[49] The materials used in the concrete of the dome also varies. At its thickest point, the aggregate is travertine, then terracotta tiles, then at the very top, tufa and pumice, both porous light stones. At the very top, where the dome would be at its weakest and vulnerable to collapse, the oculus actually lightens the load.

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    • 9 months ago
    • debbie morris

    I have wonderful memories of sitting in the pantheon square on a Friday night having a delicious tuna salad with gorgeous Italian herby bread live music in the back ground it truly was atmospheric,Italy is my favourite country to visit in the world.

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    • 10 months ago
    • valdir d.a.

    Itatiba/SP/Brasil - 26out 2018 - 11h30 - Em Roma, 26/10/2018 16:29 - Neste momento existe um reflexo vindo do fundo da imagem, que não permite visualizar as imagens do Panteão, a Piazza della Rotonda, a fonte e o Obelisco de Ramsés II.

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    • 11 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    15sep18-- YAY! mel , good for you, YAY! you FI. EnJoy EnJoy

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    • 12 months ago
    • Mel

    Been here and went in the Pantheon this morning!

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    • 1 year ago
    • Mike W

    It's a narcissistic world. The world is full of sad, victimised people always needing reassurance. How did we get to this? Can't blame too much sugar for that one!

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    • 1 year ago
    • Márcia Marquezini

    GENOVA - Our feelings to all Italians, it was a tragedy, it serves as an alert for the whole world, "Keep the bridges in maintenance", receive our condolences, feel embraced by us Brazilians - Greetings - BRAZIL.

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    • 1 year ago
    • Angela B

    Terry, I was there 2 years ago also and people with selfie sticks were the most annoying people there! I read just yesterday that people got into a fight and were arrested at the Trevi Fountain over trying to take selfies! Obnoxious!

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    • 1 year ago
    • Terry

    shirley ferriola...I agree with you we were there 2 years ago and selfie sticks and people taking their own pictures are very sad. They even check the pictures , adjust their hair or smile and with re-take the pic.

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    • 1 year ago
    • shirley ferriola

    Is it just me? Is anyone else mystified to see people IN ITALY in gorgeous locations, in perfect weather, STARING AT THEIR PHONES and not interacting with anyone or even appreciating where they are for their own sakes? And taking pictures of themselves. Don't they have any friends to take them ?

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    • 1 year ago
    • Rudi

    HEY THATS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!! WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 1 year ago
    • margo