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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    • 6 days ago
    • "MalvernMick"

    Nice to see the salumeria buzzing again.

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    • 6 days ago
    • "MalvernMick"

    Watched a very interesting program on Sky Arts last night about the construction of the dome of the doumo in Florence. It emphasised how Brunelleschi was probably influenced by the archtecture he saw when he was in Rome ~ in particular the Pantheon. The photography was terrific and made me realse how much I want to re-visit this remarkable place.
    ( Brunelleschi's Impossible Dome )

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Wilssens Bart"

    Wat gebeurd er?

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • "MadB"

    Banners gone but, people still milling about!!

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Ton"

    Camera is on black now.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Ton"

    These idiots probably protest against COVID-19 measures the Italian government took.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • "MadB"

    Wonder what they are protesting about?? All very close together!!

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • "Mojo"

    Justice for wild boars??

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Muriel"

    Group of Dancers performing under banner VIVODIDANZA

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    • 1 month ago
    • "Dawn bristoll"

    Poor horses

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Romano 99335499"

    Hi, can you add sound
    Thank you

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • "Muriel"

    Ray Rocks - agree re horses - the Bay shakes it's head continually - I am sure it is terribly stressed - they seem to have to stand still for long periods.I wonder if they have protection by law as to how long they must 'work'.

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    • 2 months ago
    • "Ray Rocks"

    Those 2 horses never look happy. One always has his head down. Sad.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • "Théodore"

    Pas de direct sur Taormine, vue de Piazza IX Aprile et de l'église de Sant'Agostino ??????????????????

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    • 3 months ago
    • "Rodney Hutton"

    This camera at the Pantheon is the clearest, most sharply focused of all the Skyline webcambs. The image is perfection.

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    • 4 months ago
    • "Margaret Taylor"

    I remember looking at this camera at the height of Italy's lockdown and watching the poor guy from the salumeria sitting outside waiting for customers. Hopefully with visitors returning he's a lot busier now.