The Pantheon, a temple dedicated to all Roman gods, was built in its present form by the emperor Hadrian. It is one of the best preserved Roman monuments.

It is difficult not to be impressed by the majesty of the monument and the beauty of the whole square. The fountain in the center with its steps is an excellent vantage point. The Pantheon, architectural marvel combines a cylindrical structure, of a clear Roman mold, with the splendid Greek-inspired external colonnade. The point where it rises is a mythical place in the history of the city of Rome. According to a Roman legend, in fact, this was the place where the founder of Rome, Romulus, at his death was seized by an eagle and taken to heaven among the gods. At the beginning of the 7th century the Pantheon was converted into a Christian church, called Santa Maria ad Martyres.

More in this category: Coliseum »