This view over the Pantheon is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around
The Pantheon survives virtually intact from ancient Roman times. It was originally dedicated to ‘all the gods’ – pan theon. The area in which it stands was a favorite Roman promenade filled with gardens and temples. The Pantheon we see today is the result of a building programme by Emperor Hadrian in 128 AD.
The survival of the Pantheon is credited, among other things, to two strokegs of fortune. It was the first pagan temple to be converted into a church, in 609, and in 734 pope Gregory III lined the roof with lead thus helping preserve it. However, the Pantheon, now dedicated to S Maria ad Martyres, did not survive unscathed and in 667 the Byzantine Emperor Constans II nicked all the bronze he could find in
However, when possible the popes always took care of this earliest church in
The Pantheon in
Thus the part of the panoramic shown here was taken at around 8:30 in the morning when the place was relatively quiet and before trying to get quickly to St Peter’s for the same reason. The full panoramic image shown on the Rome tour by PanoramicEarth.com. For better appreciation of this image go to the collection on Flickr.
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