The Pentecost celebrations in Rome will follow even this year a two-thousand years old tradition: hundreds of red rose petals will be poured inside the Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri through the world renowned hole located at the center of its dome. Doesn’t it recall anything to you? That’s because this Church, located in the very heart of the Eternal City, is better known as Pantheon…
Pentecost falls this year on Sunday, May 24th, and it’s a mobile feast depending on Easter, as it occurs on the 50th day following Christ’s resurrection. Pentecoste commemorates the descend of the Holy Spirit on earth precisely after the sacrifice of Jesus, whose blood is represented by the red rose petals.
This rite dates back to the time of the earliest Christian communities, when the former pagan temple dedicated to all the gods (hence the name “pantheon”) was converted into a Church.
To reach the Pantheon from Termini station just catch bus #40: ask our staff at Carlito Hotel & Hostel for more details!