Rome. Italy. View of the grandiose granite columned portico and pediment of the Pantheon, an architectural masterpiece.

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Rome. Italy. View of the grandiose granite columned portico and pediment of the Pantheon, an architectural masterpiece and one of the best preserved monuments of antiquity. The pediment inscription states the Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, consul for the third time, had this building made. Founded as a temple to all gods by Marcus Agrippa, son in law of Augustus in 17BC, the Pantheon was destroyed by fire in AD 80 and then was completely redesigned and rebuilt around 125 by Emperor Hadrian, however he (Hadrian) generously choose to keep the original inscription. It was converted into a Christian church in 609 which ensured it preservation even after damaging earthquakes and floods.