The Pantheon is the most well preserved pagan Roman temple in the world for no other reason than the fact that it was the only one not left to ruin after the gradual decline of the Roman Empire. It was donated to the Roman Catholic Church by the Byzantine Emperor Phocas in 609 AD and is still to this day one of Rome’s most impressive and beautiful cathedrals.
The Heart of the Renaissance City
The area of Rome’s city centre where the Pantheon and the Hotel Abruzzi are located was known to the ancient Romans as the Field of Mars and was mostly marshland until it was drained by early Etruscan settlers. Now the heart of the renaissance city, it is the geographical centre of Rome – surrounded by the legendary seven hills.
Just a few moments west is Piazza Navona – one of the city’s most beautiful open spaces, surrounded by marble-faceted buildings dating as far back as the 13th century and adorned with precious renaissance fountains and unmistakable architecture.