Discover, in this elegant special edition in black and white, the Pantheon, a splendid temple in honour of all the Olympian gods was erected in the Campus Martius by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa between 27 and 25 BC. The temple therefore became known as the Pantheon, a Greek name meaning “of all the Gods”.
The Pantheon that you can admire while enjoying your coffee, preserved substantially just as it was in antiquity, is not Agrippa’s original temple, but rather the result of a complete reconstruction undertaken by Hadrian between 118 and 125 AD, the first temple having been destroyed by fire.
Facts & Trivia
Despite its antiquity, the Pantheon has been in continuous use since its construction. In the 7th century, it was transformed into a Christian church dedicated to Santa Maria ad Martyres. The Pantheon houses numerous tombs of prominent historical figures, including the tombs of Raphael, the famous Italian Renaissance painter. Particularly during the Renaissance, the Pantheon influenced many architects and artists of the time, becoming a significant example of classical architecture. For instance, the dome of the Florence Cathedral, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, was inspired by the dome of the Pantheon.