Day Twenty Six Rome

December 09, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I saw this "slender" church / university... and had to take the photo.  The name on the fence is Pontificia Studiorum Universitas.


This is a statue with yet another obelisk taken from Egypt. It is situated out front of the presidents residence. The name of the fountain is 'Fontana dei Dioscuri'.


The Quirinal Palace (known in Italian as the Palazzo del Quirinale or simply Quirinale) is a historic building in Rome. It is the current official residence of the President of the Italian Republic. It is located on the Quirinal Hill, the tallest of the seven hills of Rome. It has housed thirty popes, four kings and eleven presidents of the Italian Republic.


The church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti, often called merely the Trinità dei Monti (French: La Trinité-des-Monts) is a late Renaissance titular church in Rome, central Italy. It is best known for its commanding position above the Spanish Steps which lead down to the Piazza di Spagna. The church and its surrounding area (including the Villa Medici) are the property of the French State.


Inside on the immediate left is a sculpture - Deposition by Daniele da Volterra


The birth of Jesus / Jesus' circumcision / The Three Wise Men meeting Jesus


As the sun just set I found myself in a good position to photograph Saint Peters Basilica of Vatican City.

Saint Peter's Basilica, the world's largest church. The opulence of the building's interior bears testimony to the wealth of the catholic church in the 16th century.

In the early 4th century, Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, ordered to build a basilica on Vatican Hill. The location was symbolic: this was the place where Saint Peter, the chief apostle, was buried in 64 AD. A small shrine already existed on the site but it was now replaced by a large church building. The new basilica, consecrated in 326 AD, was completed around 349 AD.
The New Basilica - In the middle of the 15th century, the basilica was falling into ruin and pope Nicolas V ordered the restoration and enlargement of the church after plans by Bernardo Rossellino. After Nicolas V died, works were halted. In 1506 pope Julius II laid the first stone of a new basilica which was to become the largest in the world.


Here is the same setting but 35 minutes after the sun set.  If you're wondering... This is a time exposures of 85 seconds at F/22 and an ISO of 50 with 95mm focal length.


The Pantheon (Latin Pantheon from Greek Pantheon, meaning "Temple of all the Gods") is a building in Rome which was originally built as a temple to the seven deities of the seven planets in the state religion of Ancient Rome. It is the best preserved of all Roman buildings, and perhaps the best preserved building of its age in the world. It has been in continuous use throughout its history. Although the identity of the Pantheon's primary architect remains uncertain, it is largely assigned to Apollodorus of Damascus. Since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Christian church.

The building is circular with a portico of three ranks of huge granite Corinthian columns (eight in the first rank and two groups of four behind)

The interior of the roof was probably intended to symbolize the arched vault of the heavens. The Great Eye at the dome's apex is the source of all light and is symbolic of the sun. Its original circular bronze cornice remains in position. The oculus also serves as a cooling and ventilation method. As wind passes over the dome of the Pantheon, it is accelerated and creates a negative pressure zone called the Venturi effect. This pulls air out of the oculus at the top of the dome, drawing more air in from the portico entrance.


The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide,[1] it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

the bas-reliefs above the three main statues represent the virgin of the legend pointing out the spring to the soldiers, and Agrippa, approving the plans for the aqueduct. The four statues above represent the Seasons with their gifts. At the summit is the coat-of-arms of the Corsini family, with two allegorical figures... yes I have all these photo close up.

Competitions had become the rage during the Baroque era to design buildings, fountains, and even the Spanish Steps. In 1730 Pope Clement XII organized a contest in which Nicola Salvi initially lost to Alessandro Galilei – but due to the outcry in Rome over the fact that a Florentine won, Salvi was awarded the commission anyway. Work began in 1732, and the fountain was completed in 1762, long after Clement's death, when Pietro Bracci's Oceanus (god of all water) was set in the central niche.


The statues in the centre represent Neptune the god of water.


In the side niches are figures of Health (the photo below) and Abundance (not seen in my blog), both by F.Della Valle.


Two giant tritons conduct the winged chariot of Neptune-Ocean. 


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