Here is where my inner history buff comes out. From the tiny, insignificant rume (settlement by the river) to the mightiest empire ever, Rome left an eternal legacy. You might say, behind every church in Rome, there is a Roman monument and vice versa. Since we didn’t have a lot of time and actually never entered the Forum Romanum, I couldn’t observe it from up close. Also, the Colloseo was under construction, as well.
Probably one of the best preserved buildings from the Roman era is the Pantheon which originally served as a temple but, after the decline of the Western Roman Empire it was turn into a christian basilica. When you enter the basilica you are left with the utmost astonishment while observing the dome above. It was made by the Romans and out of concrete. That was my main problem, you just can not portray its size with a camera. Same thing happened with the St. Peter’s basilica, but we will get to that in another post. There is no point in taking photos because, sometimes, you just have to look up and observe. I remember one guy laying down on the floor and just getting an eyeful of the famous, gigantic dome above.
We didn’t enter the Colosseo as it was shut (New Year’s Day). Also, one side of it is currently under construction so I had to find a way to document the site without the not so appealing scaffold in the background. Basically, I just shot one side. We had some not so pretty overcast skies and the Colosseo photos are my least favorite. I know, you can’t have it all. Still, with all the scaffolds and tourist around, the fact that you’re standing in front of a building that once could hold 45 thousand people, you are filled with awe.
In front of the Colosseo, there is the Arch of Constantine. Constantine the Great was a Roman Emperor most famous for allowing Christians to live their faith freely, after the years of dreadful persecutions. Constantine himself became a Christian later on.
After the Colosseo, we strolled down the Via dei Fori Imperiali and climbed up to the Campidoglio from where you can observe the entire Forum Romanum site. On our way there we saw seagulls, Roman ruins and churches. Everything in repeating order. You know how in old school cartoons there is always the same background repeating over and over again? Well, it really was like that.
Forum Romanum is, I dare to say, the ground zero of the entire area. It was the center of Rome with all the main temples, buildings and served as a main square. Unfortunately, because it was shut that day, we didn’t get to enter. But, when I look at it now, you don’t get to capture many shots without tourists in the photos. So, despite the fact we didn’t enter, touristless pathways of the Forum were an reward in itself. Especially for a photographer.
You just can’t see all the Roman era buildings and ruins at one place, the Forum. That is why you can’t see it in one day, too, as it’s scattered all over the city. I mean, the old Rome wasn’t a tiny place, after all. Hadrian’s mausoleum is one of such buildings. At the time, it was the tallest building in the Roman Empire. With the rise of the Christianity, it was turn into a Castel Sant’Angelo (the castle of the Holy Angel), a papal fortress and castle. Remember the bridge of Angels? Well, that is in front of it. The fortress is now a museum.
Since we were there for two full days, you can’t see it all. In the end, for such a short stay, I think we visited the most we could. Yes, we didn’t study it carefully or visited the indoor but, our easy walk while observing the sites was enough. They say, you have to come back many times. I sure hope I will as I’ve only just seen the small piece of it. God bless.