One of my favorite sites of the ancient Rome, the Pantheon was built by Agrippa during the reign of Emperor Augustus. (27 BC – 14 AD) and rebuilt by the emperor HAdrian about 126 AD.[ Emperor Phocas gave the pagan temple to Pope Boniface IV in 608 A.D., who then transformed it into a Christian church.
The interior is majestic space centered on a curved line, highlighted by the clear light which falls from the central oculus, a huge hole in the center of the cupola (dome). This is the most interesting feature of the building, and it is said that the floors were built with a light tilt, to allow rainwater coming through the hole to slide down into the drainage system. The statues of the gods which once stood in the large niches have long since been substituted by the central altar and the funeral monuments, including that of the famous artist Raphael.
Travel Tales of a Yogini. Rome 2014.