Italian publication The Local has reported that soon, visitors to the Pantheon will have to pay an entrance fee before they can go inside the former Roman temple.
The idea was first announced in January by the Italian culture minister, Dario Franceschini, to cover the attraction’s maintenance costs. The plan will now become a reality although no date has been given. The entrance fee will reportedly be US$3.53.
One of the best-preserved buildings in Rome, one of its notable features is a central opening called the oculus, which bathes the structure with light. It was built by Emperor Hadrian 2,000 years ago, and attracts around seven million visitors each year.
It contains the tombs of Victor Emmanuel II, Umberto I, and the artist Raphael.