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.
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    • 7 days ago
    • "jean pattie"

    Would that be another homeless person sitting in the doorway next to the shop, looks like a women....may be wrong tho.

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    • 7 days ago
    • "jean pattie"

    Fab name Jeannie lol. I don't think they will get to stay there when things get back to normal.

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    • 1 week ago
    • "Jeannie"

    @Rodney. I wondered the same thing regarding the police. Do they know him or are they not bothering him because of the pandemic? And if it’s because if the pandemic then where will he go once things get back to “normal”? Homelessness is a big issue in Rome that I saw when I was there especially in the neighborhood where the Basilca is. So sad.

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    • 1 week ago
    • "Jeannie"

    @Jean pattie and my brother calls me Jean,lol! You don’t see too many Jeannie’s. Great name

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    • 1 week ago
    • "jean pattie"

    It does make you wonder Rodney. There are a couple of them that sleep there. Can't see them letting them sleep there in "normal" times.

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    • 1 week ago
    • "Rodney Hutton"

    I wonder if the guys sleeping at the Pantheon have any sense of history. Do they know anything about the building? Do they know the names of any of the great figures of history who have passed by the very place they sleep? Do they know why the building was built? Do they know what office Marcus Agrippa held? Who is this guy who sleeps at the Pantheon? He must have some status because the police do not try to keep him from sleeping there.

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    • 1 week ago
    • "jean pattie"

    Very true Jeannie. He reminds me of my late dad, not that he was homeless but the way he walks and his posture. By the way , we have the same name, I get called Jeannie too but had to shorten it for here lol.

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    • 1 week ago
    • "Jeannie"

    @Jean pattie, yes it’s so sad that there are so many in the same situation all over the world and COVID has made it worse.

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    • 1 week ago
    • "jean pattie"

    Same here Jeannie, feel so sorry for him.

  • avatar
    • 1 week ago
    • "Jeannie"

    I check everyday to see if he is here. I hope he is warm.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "jean pattie"

    An exercise class I think. I really should join them...lol. oh dear, I can't, Scotland in another lock down.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "jean pattie"

    Oò, what's going on in the Pantheon tonight.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "jean pattie"

    An ambulance has arrived for one of the homeless men.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Rodney Hutton"

    I have figured out who the individual sleeping at the Pantheon is. He is a security guard in disguise.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • "jean pattie"

    Seen the young lad leaving at 5.55am. He was sleeping opposite the orange cover.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • "Rodney Hutton"

    31 12 2020 01:55 He is there to the right of the main entrance. He must arrive sometime between 22:00 and 1:00 the next day.