The Pantheon (from Greek Pantheion meaning "temple of every god"), is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC – 14 AD). The present building was completed by the emperor Hadrian and probably dedicated about 126 AD. He retained Agrippa's original inscription, which has confused its date of construction as the original Pantheon burnt down so it is not certain when the present one was built
It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings, in large part because it has been in continuous use throughout its history.
The Pantheon's large circular domed cella, with a conventional temple portico front, is "unique" in Roman architecture. Nevertheless, it became a standard exemplar when classical styles were revived, and has been copied many times by modern architects.
Picture taken in Rome, Italy.
April 19th, 2017
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