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View of the Pantheon from piazza della Rotonda

The Pantheon is one of Rome’s most impressive historical and architectural monuments. Dating to around the early second century AD, it is probably the best preserved ancient building in the world.

You should bear in mind that this Roman temple has been converted into a church and that it has a dress code, like the other churches in Rome. Your shoulders must be covered and skirts and shorts should reach below the knee. Do not wear flip-flops.

As the Pantheon is situated in the historic centre of Rome, in an area full of fascinating ancient archaeological sites, and with many churches containing beautiful artworks, such as paintings by Caravaggio and illusionistic ceiling frescos, we advise you to book a walking tour of the area, including a tour of the Pantheon, so that you can understand how this area of the city was transformed over the millennia.

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Tickets for Pantheon: Audio Guide


A top of the range audio guide featuring storytelling and video at the Pantheon

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Pantheon: The Official Audio Guided Tour


Independent audio guide tour of the Pantheon in Rome.

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Rome: 35-Minute Pantheon Audio Guide Tour


Take a 35-minute audio guide tour of the Pantheon to learn about its fascinating history and how it converted from a pagan temple to a Christian church.

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Go Rome Explorer Pass


Enjoy visits to 3-6 fantastic attractions in Rome from a choice of over 25 top sites with the Rome Explorer Pass

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Best Pantheon Tours

Best of Rome Walking Tour: Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain


See some of the most beautiful architecture, fountains and squares in Rome on this walking tour of the city’s historical center.

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Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour in Rome


Explore Rome’s colorful religious history on this guided tour of the Pantheon and the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

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The Pantheon: The Glory Of Rome - Tour With Archaeologist


A visit that will allow participants to approach the Pantheon with an "almost technical" awareness.

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Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Campo De' Fiori Market Food and Wine Tour


Eat and sightsee your way around Rome’s historical Trevi neighborhood on this half-day food and landmarks tour.

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What is the Pantheon?

The Pantheon is the best preserved ancient Roman temple in the world. The perfectly circular internal space is spanned by the largest dome that has ever been built with unreinforced concrete. This extraordinary building is full of precious antique marble and artworks, and is illuminated from above by the circular hole at the top of the dome. This 2,000 year old building has influenced the entire history of Western architecture.

When was the Pantheon built?

The original structure of the Pantheon was built in 27 B.C.E. in the low-lying marshy ground to the north of the inhabited area of the city. This building, probably rectangular in shape, was damaged or destroyed by fire in 80 C.E. and again in 110 C.E. It was then reconstructed in its present circular form, probably shortly before 125 C.E., which means that it is around 1,900 years old.

Who built the Pantheon?

The original Pantheon was built by the consul Agrippa, the brother-in-law and close collaborator of the Emperor Augustus. It was almost certainly rebuilt during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian, and this is the building that we can see today, although it bears a copy of the original dedication to Agrippa in the massive bronze inscription above the columns of the entrance portico.

What is the oculus of the Pantheon?

The oculus is the central circular hole at the top of the dome, 9 metres across, which creates evocative light effects as the sun moves across the sky. If you are in Rome around the time of the equinox in April or October try to visit the Pantheon at midday when a disk of sunlight illuminates the entrance doorway and its arch.

At midday on May 24th a special Pentecost mass is celebrated when thousands of rose petals fall down from the centre of the dome. In winter you may even witness a snowfall in the centre of the building.

What was the Pantheon used for?

The Pantheon was a temple which was probably dedicated to all the gods, or to the Olympian divinities of Greece, as its name derives from the ancient Greek word Pantheion (Πάνθειον), which means “all holy” or “of all the gods”. The temple, with its perfectly integrated and balanced geometrical proportions, was probably used to emphasise the power and authority of the divinely appointed Emperor Hadrian, as well as the connection of his reign with the mythical foundation of the city of Rome on April the 21st 753 B.C.E.

General information

Useful information for your visit to the Pantheon in Rome.


The Pantheon is located in the historical centre of Rome, on the north side of the square known as Piazza della Rotonda, 200 metres east of Piazza Navona and 250 metres west of Via del Corso, not very far from the Trevi fountain, which stands on the other side of this important thoroughfare.

Opening hours

The Pantheon is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm).

On Sundays and public holidays reservations are required, unless you have booked a tour through this website, and the building is closed after 1 pm.

The Pantheon is closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th and there is no entry for tourists during religious services (on Sunday at 10.30 am and on Saturday at 5 pm)

How to get to the Pantheon

To get as close as possible to the Pantheon you can travel by:

Metro. Take the Metro line A to Spagna or Barberini (click to see our guide to the Metro).

Taxi. This is an effective but rather costly way to get around Rome (click to see our guide to taxis in Rome).

Limo service (NCC). A rental service with driver (click to see our guide to limo services in Rome).

Bicycle. Cycling or walking is probably the easiest way to get to the Pantheon, due to the very crowded streets in the centre of town.

Attractions nearby

  • Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (50 m to the south)
  • Largo di Torre Argentina and the Turtle Fountain (300 m to the south)
  • Piazza Navona (310 m)
  • Museo di Roma (339 m)
  • Area Sacra di Largo Argentina (346 m)
  • Campo de’ Fiori (350 m to the south west)
  • Church of the Gesù (352 m)
  • Piazza Colonna (372 m)
  • Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill (400 m to the south east – at the end of Via del Corso)
  • The Imperial Forums and Roman Forum (450 m to the south east – beyond Piazza Venezia)
  • Trevi Fountain (400 m to the east)
  • The Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna) (600 m to the north east)