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Hotel Domus Sessorianna where
I stayed was the home of
Emperor Constantine's Mother.
The Obelisk of Thutmose II originally
brought to Rome in Imperial Times. It
used to reside in the Foro Romano.
Two views of the Coliseum a structure begun by Emperor Vespasian
and completed and opened by Emperor Titus in 80 AD. It was called
the Flavian Amphitheatre until Medievel times.
Sunset through the Arch of Titus
on the edge of the Roman
The Arch of Constantine built in
312AD largely by stealing bits from
Me in front of the Coliseum as
the sun is setting.
The North side of the Colisseum.
The discolouration is caused by
the exhaust of vehicles.
The Coliseum was used as a
quarry for marble for hundreds of
years. A lot is gone.
The pit of the colisseum has been
partially covered to allow concerts
and special events to be held here.
Wealthy families paid for their seats
in the Coliseum and it was carved
into slabs at the end of the section.
Built around 81 AD, the Arch of
Titus was dedicated to the Emperor
Titus by his brother Domitan.
A former Convent converted into
the Palatino museum at one
corner of Palatine Hill.
The stadium in the Domitan
Palace. Actually thought to be
a circus shaped garden.
The slots on the columns are
where ropes were attached in an
attempt to pull them down.
Temple of Vesta, these ruins date
from the 191 AD restoration of the
Temple of Antonino & Faustina
erected in AD 141 by Antonius Pius in
honour of his wife Empress Faustina.
The Vestal Virgins tended a sacred
flame in the Temple. It kept
burning until 394 AD.
The three columns are all that
remains of the Temple of Castor
and Pollux (6 AD).
Arch of Septimius Severus
The Via Sacre passes under this
arch. Built in 203 AD.
Discovered in 1834 the 12
columns stood before statues of
the top 12 gods of the pantheon.
Panorama of the Forum.
The remains of the Temple of
Saturn erected in 497 BC, rebuilt
in 42 BC and restored in 283 AD.
The temple of Saturn, the Arch
of Septimius Severus and the
brown building is the Curia.
Marcus Aurelius on horseback,
one of the few equestrian bronze
statues to survive the Dark Ages.
Piazza del Campidoglio
designed by Michelangelo.
The view from the top of the steps
to the church of Santa Maria. A
favourite spot for Wedding Photos.
A 5th C BC bronze wolf with the
15th Century Romulus and Remus
The building in the background is
the church of Santa Maria in
Aracoeli (7th Century).
A section of restored marble seats
from pieces found throughout
The Basilica Ulpia, Trajan’s Forum
and the churchs of Santa Maria
(1501) and Santissimo (1736).
The Monument to Vittorio
Emmanuele II (1885). Generally
hated by Roman.
Palazzo Venezia was the residence
of Popes, Venetian ambassadors
and the Fascist Government.
The Island in the Tiber said to
be formed by sand around a
Greek ship’s wreck.
Hadrian's Tomb designed by the
Emperor himself in 131 AD.
Roman Republic area Temples
discovered during excavations in
Basilica of San Giovanni in
Laterano. Originally built by
Constantine in the 4th Century.
Palace of the Holy Steps, it's alleged
that the 28 marble steps here were
originally at Pontius Pilate's villa.
St. Peter's Basilica the center of
the Roman Catholic religion.
Over an altar in a side chapel
near the entrance to St. Peter's
is Michelangelo's Pietà.
The Pinecone Courtyard which is
the entrance to the Vatican
Four massive piers support the dome
at the crossing, where the mighty
Bernini baldacchino (canopy) rises.
A 2nd Century BC statue of
Hercules and 2 Egyptian statues
in the Vatican Museum.
The Sistine chapel painted by
Michelangelo. This painting is
the Last Judgement.
The Sistine Chapel ceiling
painted by Michelangelo.
A gilded long hall in the Vatican
museum that was off limits.
A panorama of St. Peter's Square.
The Hall of Cartigraphica. A hall
with paintings of the Pope's
holdings in the world in 1580.
The 85-foot-high Egyptian
obelisk was brought to Rome by
Caligula in AD 38.
The hallway leading to my room
in the Hotel Domus Sessoriana.
The view from the roof of my
Hotel at sunset.
The Spanish Steps were built
between 1723-1726 of
Fontana della barcaccia (1627-29
) the fountain shows a boat
sinking at the stern and prow.
The Trevi Fountain (1732-1762)
one of the most crowded places
Piazza del Popolo and the
Flaminian obelisk moved here in
1529 it dates from 1200 BC.
Churches of Santa Maria di
Montesanto and Santa maria di
Miracoli. Built in the mid 17th C.
The tomb of Rome's first
The Pantheon built in 27 BC by
Marcus Agrippa (Augustus'
faithful advisor and General).
Inside the Pantheon originally
dedicated to all Roman Gods
later a Christian Church.
Fountain of the Four Rivers built in
1651. It is in the center of the
The architectural marvel that is
the roof of the Pantheon.
The coliseum after dark. My Hotel
was nearby so I took some night
Columns in the Roman Forum
and the Moon.
Emperor Constantine's left foot in
the Capitoline Museum.
A panorama of the Churches of
Rome as seen from the Vittorio
Basilica of Maxentius and
Constantine (308-12). The
vaulted ceiling is 39m high.
A statue depicting the God of
the Tiber on Capitoline Hill.
Theatre of Marcellus (13 BC)
named after Marcus Marcellus,
Emperor Augustus's nephew.
Temple of Portunus the main
temple dedicated to the god
Portunus in Rome (100 BC).
The pyramid (18-2 BC) was a tomb
for Gaius Cestius Epulo it measures
100 feet square 125 ft tall,
A Vatican Swiss Guard guarding
an entrance to the Vatican.
The Temple of Hercules Victor
(120 BC) built in Greek style.
Starting with Charlemagne in 800
AD 21 more Emperors were
crowned on this Red porphyry
Disk brought from the old Basilica
to St. Peter's Basilica.
Rising above the altar is the
baldacchino (95ft), Bernini's
masterpiece and first work in St.
Peter's. The ancient tomb of St.
Peter lies directly below the altar.
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica
from the roof of the church.
St. Peter's square as seen from the
Dome of St. Peter's.
The Pulcino della Minerva, a famous
Gian Lorenzo Bernini elephant
sculpture, a base supporting one of
the eleven Egyptian obelisks in Rome
The seat of the Papal Government
as seen from the observation walk
on the Dome of St. Peter's.