Pantheon and All Saints: Meaning of the Festivity and Ideas for the Holidays of November 1st
If you do not know yet where to spend the long weekend of the end of October e first days of November, we recommend you to visit Rome and the Pantheon! four days, the ideal time to visit a city like Rome that offers many things to do and see.
The solemnity of All Saints offers us the opportunity to tell you a curiosity about this holiday of the Christian tradition linked to the transformation of the Pantheon in the Basilica Santa Maria ad Martyrs.
Not many people know that the current feast of All Saints dates from the seventh century, when Pope Boniface IV transformed the Pantheon in Rome into a Christian shrine, 13 May 609, consecrates it to the Mother of God and all the holy martyrs. Since then, “a celebration of all the martyrs”, was celebrated on May 13. Only later Pope Gregory III (year 741) chose November 1th as the anniversary date of the consecration of a chapel in St. Peter’s with the relics “of the holy apostles and all the saints, martyrs and confessors, and all the righteous made perfect resting in peace around the world “, and the all Saints feast day of obligation was decreed, in the year 835, the French king Louis the Pious, on request of Pope Gregory IV, with the approval of all the Bishops.
This is to remember how this event has deep and ancient roots !
The day of “All Saints”, also known as All Saints’ Day is a Christian holiday that celebrates both the glory and the honor of all the saints, whether or not canonized.
If you want to visit the Pantheon during the bridge of All Saints, these are the opening hours:
Weekdays: 8:30 to 19:15 Sunday: 9:00 to 17:45 Holidays: 9:00 to 12:45
We look forward to welcome you to our Desk !