Early History of Pantheons Old and Current Versions
Other people say that it was Emperor Agrippa who was responsible for the construction of the first Parthenon and created it in 27 BC. That building was a T-Shaped structure that was 144 feet by 66 feet and made with masonry style walls and its roof was wooden and pitched.
That building got burned to the ground in a fire in 80 AD and then another Pantheon was put in its place by the Emperor Domitian. Bad luck literally struck again and it was destroyed by lighting in 110 AD.
Yet another version of the Pantheon was then created by Emperor Hadrian in 126 AD. This version was circle shaped and had a section that led into it with a dozen Corinthian style columns. It also had a rectangular shaped vestibule that linked a porch and a rotunda.
There is a row of niches lining the walls in the rear of the Pantheon that held statues of Roman god and emperors. Today, some of those hold tributes and even the bodies of former emperors. The architecture of the Pantheon has inspired many other buildings, including the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
Modern Pantheon News
Visitors on Italy trips can get into the Parthenon at no cost and it is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in seeing the site before you even take that plane for cheap trips to Italy, then check out this live Pantheon webcam at http://188.8.131.52/dynamicindex/camera.html.