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the Eternal City

Launched June 2000
Ronald Langereis - 2000 - Amsterdam

Ancient Rome    Papal Rome    Via Appia Antica

Climbing the stairs to the heart of the ancient kingdom, where once stood the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, transformed the Dioscouri: Castor and Pollux the Emperor Marcus Aurelius the Senator's Palace on Capitol Hill by Michelangelo into the Piazza del Campidoglio. He had the statue transferred from the Lateran and gave it a central place
Keeping the Palace to your right and descending from the Piazza you'll have a first glimpse of the Forum Romanum beyond the Mamertine Prison. To the Forum, the Arch of Septimus Severus, 3rd century A.D. Temple of Augustus the Forum, tourists gathering in the Comitium in front of the Curia What is really amazing about the Forum, is that there is anything left of it at all after the greater part of two millennia of plundering and demolition.
Next to the Colosseum the newly wed are arranged in front of Constantine's Arch for the ultimate picure that should last a lifetime. the Arch of Constantine, 4th century A.D. The Via Fori Imperiali, to the right the Basilica of Maxentius, in the distance the Colosseum Trajan's Column on the Forum Trajani, now crowned by a statue of St.Peter In Rome May is the month for marrying. When we descended, there was yet another wedding party waiting in front of the church.
I was in Rome for the very first time and much surprised to happen upon a genuine pyramid! It has been built as a tomb for some Caius Cestius, a megalomane magistrate the Pyramid of Caius Cestius in the Aurelian Wall and the Porta San Paolo who supposedly owes his name to the caestus, a leather thong furnished with leaden knobs which boxers wound around their fists to deal a deadlier punch.

Virtual Tour, pictures by   Virtual Rome   of most of the monuments

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