History of the Roman Pantheon

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During the middle ages many Roman buildings were destroyed and plundered for materials, however the Pantheon was saved by virtue of the fact that the emperor Phocas (emperor over the Roman Empire of the East with power over Rome) donated it to Pope Boniface III in the year 608AC. Boniface consecrated it the following year on the 1st November as the church of St. Mary and the Martyrs.

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History of the Roman Pantheon

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