Roaming around Rome


Nearly two thousand years old, this Roman temple was consecrated a Christian church in the 7th century and is famous for its enormous dome, a marvel of ancient civil engineering.

Bernini’s statue of the Elephant and Obelisk, in the Piazza della Minerva. The obelisk is Egyptian, from c. 580BC; the elephant is Bernini’s. A Latin inscription on the pedestal reads: “Let any beholder of the carved images of the wisdom of Egypt on the obelisk carried by the elephant, the strongest of beasts, realize that it takes a robust mind to carry solid wisdom.”

The rear of the pantheon.

Crowds gather in front of the Pantheon.

The dome of the Pantheon, still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.

The tomb of Umberto I, one of the least popular Italian monarchs; he oversaw imperialist expansion abroad and widespread starvation at home.

The High Altar of the Pantheon.

The interior of the Pantheon.

The interior of the Pantheon.

Crowds gather outside the Pantheon in Piazza della Rotonda.