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So for those of you who are not Catholic or went to Catholic school and promptly forgot everything (AKA ME) you may not realize that today is Pentecost. You are probably wondering what that has to do with the Pantheon and roses, well every year on Pentecost they throw roses through the dome of the Pantheon.
I had been dreaming of going to this ever since I heard about it. I LOVE the Pantheon, it is by far my favorite ancient monument and Hadrian is my favorite Roman Emperor. He was eccentric, he traveled and he loved Greece and Architecture. He is my hero and he built the Pantheon. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear about this crazy rose petal thing. Well being the awesome Catholic, non Catholic I am I had no idea when they did this! Thank God Alex’s parents came to town for his graduation and knew when Pentecost was and all about the throwing of the roses. We were able to get to the Pantheon that morning super early because it gets crowded and we secured a spot by the oculus. We then stood through an entire hour and a half Pentecost mass. It was actually really interesting even for this agnostic because I had not been to a traditional/important mass since I moved to Rome.
After the mass was finished, as the final prayers were being said all of a sudden roses started raining down from the ceiling. It was so beautiful and awe inspiring and even though it only lasted about five minutes, it felt like forever. I could have stood there all day and watched the roses fall from the ceiling.