Pantheon: You will soon have to pay to enter Rome's best preserved ancient monument

Tourists in Rome visiting the Pantheon will soon be charged a five euro entry fee under an agreement signed Thursday by Italian culture ministry and church officials.

Built in the first century BC, the impressive domed temple is Italy’s most popular cultural site and attracts millions of visitors every year. It was transformed into a Catholic church in 609AD, renamed the Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs, and Mass is regularly celebrated there.

Proceeds from the new entry fee will be split, with the culture ministry receiving 70 per cent to help cover maintenance and cleaning costs and the remainder going to the Rome diocese.

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