Notes on the Geography of Italy: Classical Rome 2: Photo 25
The Pantheon, roughly midway between the Roman Forum and Hadrian's Tomb, was begun in 27 B.C. by Marcus Agrippa, the son-in-law of Augustus, whose victory at Actium it was intended to celebrate. A lightning strike destroyed the temple, which was replaced by order of Hadrian, who also guided its design. The Pantheon was made into a church in 609 and lost its bronze-gilt roof tiles shortly thereafter. They were sent to Constantinople and replaced by lead.
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