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Roman Pantheon reopens to pagan believers

Agostinho Neto

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The Pantheon meaning "Every god" is a temple in Rome, originally built by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt in the early 2nd century AD. The inscription on the facade says "M·AGRIPPA·L·F·COS·TERTIVM·FECIT", standing for Latin: Marcus Agrippa, Lucii filius, consul tertium fecit translated to "'Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, Consul for the third time, built this"

ROMA - Archeologists in Italy have completed the first part of what has been called the one of the largest jigsaw puzzles. The Pantheon, one of the largest and oldest roman temples in Rome, has been in hundreds of pieces for decades.

During the post-Gebiv era, the plans for the temple's reconstruction and reopening were destoyed. But now, after months of hard work, the temple is reopening to Pagan worshipers since 609, when during the Byzantine rule the site was consacred to church.

An italian team of archeologists have been scratching their heads since peace returned to Italy in early June. The crumbling temple was taken apart, so it could be strengthened and rebuilt. But the numbers marked on each stone became meaningless when the plans were lost. At first, a computer programme tried to make sense of the jumble of masonry around the site. But ultimately the team have relied mostly on their own judgement.

Now pagan worshipers will be able to enter the temple and praise Roman gods for the first time in 1400 years. It should be complete within a few weeks. General Junio Borghese expressed satisfaction and congratulated the hardworking team of archeologists for restoring this magnificent milestone of the history of Rome.

Edited by Junio Borghese
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