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

Rome - Pantheon

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.
Cam on-line since: 03/09/2013

Comments

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    • 2 days ago
    • Ray

    Pizza delivery guys on bikes looking lost. Funny to watch. This way then that. Sat nav must be on lockdown too.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Heather Harvey

    Christine Johnson - it is a butcher's shop/delicatessen so "essential food" supplier.

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    • 6 days ago
    • christine johnson

    What does that shop sell? Must be essential.

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    • 1 week ago
    • maggs

    i dont go out much and love to people watch round the world such a shame to see all these beautiful places empty

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mike W

    Our thoughts are with you Italia! Lunga vita all'Italia. Ti vogliamo bene!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Sam

    Each day I check this webcam hoping, at last, to see the crowds of people return to the piazza. Nonetheless, it is heartening to see L'Antica Salumeria open and customers drift in one-by-one.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • CC

    Oh my goodness---I think I just saw a man drink out of a public water fountain. Lower right hand corner, he bent over and put his mouth to that short post with water coming out of it... Yikes.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • bob

    We all should pray for the world to heel.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Sam

    I like returning to "Pantheon" webcam; during daylight hours there is almost always someone crossing the piazza or one or two persons in front of the gelateria. Small, hopeful, signs of normalcy in these times. Be well, Italia!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Susie

    Sam, I watch with sadness for Italy and for the entire world! Let’s pray for people of Italy and for all of the world. Thanking Skycam for giving us the views of Italy and places around the world.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Sam

    Today my heart skipped a beat when, over the space of 5 minutes, I saw 22 people crossing the piazza. All singly and carefully avoiding one another. Still...I have begun to say a prayer for the people of Italy at each webcam I view. May they remain strong and hopeful until the present situation is entirely mitigated.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Valerie Debrock-Speller

    oooh i must have missed that.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Peejay

    Looks like the army there now, not police

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Valerie Debrock-Speller

    Why all the police, is it to clear people from the streets?

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    • 5 months ago
    • Babe

    Why is the Pantheon dark at night now? Temporary? Anyone know?

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    • 9 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!