121. Admiring the Pantheon

Updated: Mar 24

By Giulio D'Ercole


An Italian soldier looks up in admiration for the structure of Pantheon, the best-preserved ancient Roman building, completed in 126 AD by emperor Adrian. Around him, as gigantic witnesses of a past, that was grandiose, the tall columns of the original facade of the building. Inside the Pantheon, a real example of history and architecture in progress across twenty-two centuries, are buried the famous painter Raphael, two kings of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II (the king that unified Italy in 1860) and his son King Umberto I, as well his wife, Queen Margherita di Savoia.

Now, how beautiful is it that a military, instead of destroying history, art, and culture because of the crazy will of some idiotic President, general or dictator, actually takes his sweet time to learn from the past to build, maybe, a better future?

I love this... and I love even more the fact I was there to impress that moment on the sensor of my camera, as I was conducting on one of my Rome by Day, Beauty and History Photo Tours.



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