Another must-see tourist spot when you visit Italy is The Pantheon. It is the best preserved building in the world today since it was built in the early Roman glory days somewhere around 125 AD. This is another engineering feat of the early Roman architects who designed and built such an elegant structure which stood the tests of time and the elements.
In the ancient Roman times it was used as a temple for the Roman emperors. Today it is now used as a Catholic church, more popularly known as The Church of Saint Mary and the Martyrs. Despite all these facts, thus making it a solemn lace of worship, thousands of tourists still flock to the historic place every year for pilgrimage and also for sightseeing.
The reason for its longevity could be attributed to the excellent building skills of the Roman architects and the master stone layers who laid the marble stones piece by piece until the entire structure was built. The classical circular design dome arch ceiling is very popular and has been copied so many times even in modern architecture.
As a tourist, my take on this is that the Romans were such admirable craftsmen who did an excellent job building great structures that were both functional and elegant at the same time. Modern architects take most of their inspiration from such extraordinary buildings such as The Pantheon. One can’t help but ask, “How did they do it in a way that it could stand for such a long period of time, around 2,000 years more or less. If we could find the answers to those questions, we can better build our own temples and monuments to last just as long or even longer.
But alas, we do not have the secrets of the Roman architects and builders so there’s no way for us to know how we can replicate their amazing accomplishments in the area of building construction. What we can do is attempt to replicate the Roman’s success, although it would take another 2,000 years to see if that is even possible. Only in the annals of history will we learn if our attempts are good enough. We live that for the future generations to see, as we can’t possibly live that long to witness it ourselves.
The Pantheon is a household name in the Roman empire’s dominance in building excellence. It is the measuring stick by which we measure our own buildings.