Of all the places that wanted to visit in Rome, the Pantheon was at the top of the list and it did not disappoint. It is a glorious building and somehow the design still feels fresh despite being a little under 2,000 years old.
Unfortunately for me when I arrived it was closed for a religious service and was not going to reopen for another 90 minutes. It was also hammering it down, so I did the sensible thing and had an early lunch at one of the cafes in the square as there was no way that I was going to leave without having been inside.
It is incredible to step inside and walk as close to the centre of the dome as you can on a wet day and yet remain dry. When you think of the history and value of the artwork and sculptures that are inside, yet still open to the elements and yet they are not ruined through water damage thanks to an amazing piece of engineering that is literally thousands of years old the mind boggles. I cannot even begin to fathom how this building must of seemed to the inhabitants of the city back then.
Places like the Pantheon are part of why I love to travel. To step into history and marvel at the knowledge of what has gone before and to try and imagine what it must have been like to be there.