Day Twenty Five, colosseum, Vittoriano, Rome

December 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

"Hey where did day Twenty Four go?" well, I did not take any photos as it was a travel day from Greece to Italy.

My first day in Rome was exciting as it seemed that everywhere I went there was another historical site to capture me... as I capture it.   The weather made it difficult at times to get my shots. However, as you will later in this blog... Stormy weather accompanied by hail sometime gets you very dramatic light.

The Roman Colosseum is a tremendous amphitheater, the embodiment of both the grandeur and cruelty of the great Roman Empire. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum hosted spectacular games that included gladiator exhibitions, fights between animals, prisoner executions and - strangely enough - naval battles. Untold thousands of humans and animals met their ends within one of the most popular attractions in Rome.

The Colosseum's name is derived from a bronze colossus of Nero that once stood nearby, though it disappeared sometime during the Middle Ages and has largely been forgotten. Construction was begun by Emperor Vespasian and completed by his sons in the late first century. The arena floor was covered with sand to soak up the blood shed by those humans and animals unlucky enough to find themselves in its center. Its elliptical shape kept the players from retreating to a corner and allowed the spectators to be closer to the action than a circular arena would allow - the design of the Colosseum in Rome has influenced nearly every modern venue.

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I photographed this through one of the many crowd entrances into the colosseum.  If you look closely you can see the rain coming down.

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The Arch of Constantine is located in Rome and forms part of the Colloseum, Piazzale del Colosseo. It is believed to have been constructed around 315 but the architect is unknown. 

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Foundations of an ancient structure can be seen laid out in an orderly fashion in the grass in front of the Arch of Constantine and  Colloseum.

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Santi Luca e Martina is a church in Rome, situated between the Roman Forum and the Forum of Caesar and close to the Arch of Septimus Severus.

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Trojan column and the churches of Santa Maria di Loreto on the right.

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The National Monument to Victor Emmanuel or Altar of the Fatherland or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It is also the place that houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The large and busy monument was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935. The structure is 443 ft wide and 230 ft high.
The base of the structure houses the museum of Italian Reunification. In 2007, a panoramic elevator was added to the structure, allowing visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome.

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The monument is built of white marble from Botticino, Brescia, and features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel.

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 There are two statues on each pinnacle of the building of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas.

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the churches of Santa Maria di Loreto is lit up by the sunset beneath the stormy sky.


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