Rome is one of the most visited cities in the world and one of the most loved by travelers from Israel. Whether you’re a history buff or a shopaholic, you are bound to fall in love with this beautiful city.
The most recommended place to visit is the famous Pantheon of Rome. Built during the reign of Augustus Caesar, and at the initiative of Agrippa. From then until today, it is considered one of the most popular tourist sites in the city.
The origin of the name is taken from the Greek language which means “a place of worship for all the gods”. Indeed, it means all the gods (also emphasis on the word “all”) because when it was built it was customary to worship all the gods and not a single god. Despite its destiny, the gods did not protect it and luck did not favor it and it was destroyed by lightning and fire and then, during the time of Hadrian, it was rebuilt as the building we know today.
This building has been preserved over the years. The building was used for religious worship and as a church (Church of Santa Maria Rotonda), and also as the meeting place of the Roman Senate. During its conversion to a church, the altars used for worship disappeared and were replaced by the tombs of various kings and saints, the most interesting of which (if you ask us) is the tomb of the artist and painter Raphael.
During the visit, you will be able to get an impression of the spectacular building with impressive design elements, some of which have made it famous even among architecture enthusiasts, such as its concrete dome, which extends over a diameter of 43.3 meters and is considered the largest dome of its kind in the world – domes built in such a way that they are not supported in a steel frame. In the center of the dome, you can notice a circular opening with a diameter of 9 zatars, which allows the entry of natural light to flood the space.
This building is a perfect example of the great abilities and architectural innovation of the Romans during the reign of the Roman Empire and the fact that the building has been preserved to this day (for approximately 1900 years) confirms this.
If you are visiting the area, it is recommended to make the most of it and visit the nearby tourist centers such as the central square Piazza della Rotonda, which, like the Pantheon, is also one of the must-see tourist sites if this is your first visit to the city. In addition to these, it is recommended to simply enjoy the beautiful area and wander through the colorful alleys that surround it.
A tip from us: since this is one of the most central and famous places in the city, the queue may be long and tiring. If you want to save the long wait, it is recommended to arrive when the site opens, as well as purchase tickets in advance and order an audio guide on the spot that will help you learn about the historical site.