The Pantheon in the Italian city of Rome is a former Roman temple which is now used as a church. The building is thought to have been completed and opened in 126 AD. It was built circular with a rectangular porch that is recognisable from the iconic Roman columns that hold it up. The temple became a church in the 7th century and it is thought that because of this, it is one of the best-preserved buildings from the Roman era. The Pantheon is now owned by the state under cultural heritage and is one of Rome’s most visited sights for tourists.
The Pantheon is situated in the narrow streets of ancient Rome, the bus system is in service near the Pantheon with the 40, 60 and 64 buses operating close by.
Opening Times and Admission
The church is open seven days a week with it being open from 9am-7.15pm on Saturday and 9am-5.45pm on a Sunday, entrance to the Pantheon is free. It is expected that visitors are silent during the visit especially when in the holy areas of the building. You can hire an audio guide from inside the Pantheon which will give you the history of the building as you walk around, alternatively you can buy a book on the Pantheon.