From 2018, You’ll Have To Pay To Get Into The Pantheon

One of Rome‘s many incredible ancient monuments, entry the Pantheon has been free for visitors since it was built almost 2000 years ago. But, from 2018, authorities will begin charging an entrance fee in a bid to ensure its maintained for years to come.

Italy’s culture ministry announced the move overnight, with a $3 (E2) entry fee to be enforced from May, The Local reports.

Money raised will be used for “development and protection of the monument, maintenance and guaranteeing increased security during visits,” ministry representatives said.

Given an estimated seven million people visit the Pantheon every year, the structure is regularly under a huge amount of stress. While it’s one of the most well-preserved monuments in the Italian capital, it’s the only one that’s still free-of-charge.

The Pantheon, Rome

Image: Evan Qu

The Pantheon, a former Pagan temple-turned-Catholic church, was built by the emperor Hadrian between 118 and 125AD. Its original marble floor remains in-tact and its iconic 43-metre dome is the biggest unreinforced concrete dome ever built.

It also houses the tombs of Italian kings Victor Emmanuel II and Umberto I, along with Renaissance artist Raphael.

(Lead image: Michael Vadon / Flickr)