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The Bern Digital Pantheon Project


The Pantheon in Rome belongs to the most prominent and best-preserved monumental structures of antiquity. It was begun under Trajan in 110 AD and finished under his successor Hadrian. It was used as a church since the early Middles Ages and has thus been a constant point of interest for architects and researchers. Despite its meaning in architecture history, it has only been partly examined. A comprehensive documentation and examination of the structures has taken place as a part of a interdisciplinary research project, which is housed at the Karman Center for Advanced Studies of the University of Bern. The results were published as open source data for the research community.


Supervision: Prof. Dr. Gerd Grasshoff, Prof. Dr. Michael Heinzelmann, Markus Wäfler

Duration: 2005-2008

Link: Digital Pantheon

Cooperation: Center for Advanced Studies of the University of Bern


  • G. Graßhoff, M. Heinzelmann, M. Wäfler (Hrsg.), Das Pantheon in Rom, Pantheon 1 Publikation eines internationalen Kolloquiums vom 9.-12.11.2006 an der Universität Bern (2009)
  • G. Graßhoff, M. Heinzelmann, M. Wäfler, The Bern Digital Pantheon Model’, Pantheon 2 (2009)
  • J. Albers, G. Graßhoff, M. Heinzelmann, M. Wäfler (Hrsg.) Das Marsfeld in Rom, Pantheon 4 Beiträge der Berner Tagung vom 23./24.11.2007 (2008)
  • M. Heinzelmann, Il Pantheon, in H. v. Hesberg – P. Zanker (Hrsg.), Archittetura Romana. I grandi monumenti di Roma (2009) 142 ff.