|The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome, Italy.
"This late Baroque fountain, one of Rome's most famous monuments, is an impressive sight, made all the more striking by its position in a tiny piazza. The key to the work is given in two high-relief carvings: in 19 BC Agrippa decided to build a long canal (20 km/13 mi) to bring water to Rome (left). He named it "Acqua Vergine" after a young virgin who revealed the spring to the Roman soldiers (right).
Repairs were made under Pope Nicholas V and Urban VIII. Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi (1732) to adorn the end of the canal with a fountain. It fills the whole width of the façade, which gives the impression of a commemorative arch. Salubrity and Abundance flank the central figure, the Ocean, which rides in a chariot drawn by two horses and two tritons, and provides a photogenic spectacle for the faithful tourists. Tradition claims one coin (cast backwards over the left shoulder) ensures a return to Rome, two bring love and three a wedding in the Eternal City. Romantic notions aside, be wary of pickpockets and excessive rose sellers here." (Michelin Green Guide: Rome, 2010).
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On the stairs in front of the church of San Gregorio Magno, Rome, Italy. #
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The Roman Arch of Constantine near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.
The Arch of Constantine (Italian: Arco di Costantino) is a triumphal arch in Rome
, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome
, from which it differs by spolia, the extensive re-use of parts of earlier buildings.
The arch is 21 m high, 25.9 m wide and 7.4 m deep. It has three archways, the central one being 11.5 m high and 6.5 m wide, the lateral archways 7.4 m by 3.4 m each.
The arch spans the Via Triumphalis, the way taken by the emperors when they entered the city in triumph. This route started at the Campus Martius, led through the Circus Maximus and around the Palatine Hill; immediately after the Arch of Constantine, the procession would turn left at the Meta Sudans and march along the Via Sacra to the Forum Romanum and on to the Capitoline Hill, passing both the Arches of Titus and Septimius Severus. During the Middle Ages, the Arch of Constantine was incorporated into one of the family strongholds of ancient Rome. Works of restoration were first carried out in the 18th century; the last excavations have taken place in the late 1990s, just before the Great Jubilee of 2000. (Text based upon a Wikipedia article).
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Inside the Colosseum amphiteatre in Rome, Italy.
The Colosseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum. (Text based on Wikipedia).
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