The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 7: Rome’s Pantheon and the Bone Church

From the Sublime to the Macabre! Your Italy virtual vacation continues with the beautifully preserved Pantheon and a chapel decorated with Friars’ bones.

NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! Starting with highlight photos posted here on Saturday, Jan. 30, I’ll continue every week. Join us in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan. Buon viaggio!

The Roman Pantheon is considered a must-see in Rome, for good reason. Literally a temple for “all gods,” it was built by Emperor Hadrian in 120 A.D., though he inscribed it to Marcus Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus Caesar, who had built an earlier temple here that burned. The best-preserved ancient Roman structure in modern-day Rome, it escaped destruction by pilfering once the Christians adopted it as a church. It’s been in continuous use for almost 2000 years. When we stepped inside, I marveled at the gleaming marble flooring that still looks brand new (80% is the original marble, in the original design).

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The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 7: Rome’s Pantheon and the Bone Church — 4 Comments

  1. The Parthenon is amazing. It was the largest concrete dome in the world until the 1960’s. And of course the bone church is wonderful.

  2. Thor, this post was for you! I knew you would appreciate the Twain quote, too. (And I know you meant the Pantheon, though we both love the Parthenon.)