Built more than 1800 years ago, the magnificent Pantheon building still stands as a reminder of the great Roman empire.
With its thick brick walls and large marble columns, the Pantheon makes an immediate impression on visitors. At the time the building was built, the most remarkable part of the it was the 43 meters high dome. It was the largest dome in the world until 1436 when Florence Cathedral was constructed.
The front portico has three rows of 8 columns, each one with a diameter of 1.5m. A huge bronze door gives access to the cylindrical building.
Originally it was a temple for all pagan gods, converted into a church in 609. The Pantheon now contains the tombs of the famous artist Raphael and of several Italian Kings. Its ecclesiastic interior design contrast with the temple's structural design, but the marble floor - which features a design consisting of a series of geometric patterns - is still the ancient Roman original.