Thursday, July 11, 2013

When in Rome...

Rome, one of the oldest cities in Europe and regarded as the birthplace of Western civilisation is an amazing city. It is the only city in the world that is the capital of two states, Italy and the Vatican! Since the 1st century AD, Rome has been considered the seat of the Papacy and in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870. In 1871 Rome became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, and in 1946 that of the Italian Republic.
  

When in Rome you must take a guided tour of the Coliseum to soak into the history behind that magnificent



 structure. Visit it at least twice. Once in daylight and once at night when it is beautifully lit up. It is listed as a


world heritage since 1980 by UNESCO.
It is the largest amphitheatre in the world and been in existence since 70-72AD. It was called Amphitheatrum Flavium as it was constructed by the Emperors of the Flavian dynasty. The name Coliseum is believed to have been derived from the colossal statue of Nero that was built just outside the amphitheatre. Now only the base of the statue exists.



Adjacent to the Coliseum is the Roman Forum. In Latin, Forum means plaza or square. This forum is



surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings and the ruins of the Roman kingdom's earliest shrines and temples.

In the next post we will take a walking tour of Rome.


39 comments:

  1. A great virtual tour of Rome Colosseum...

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  2. Awe-inspiring ruins. imagine the civilization that prospered here.

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  3. amazing capture of this beautiful piece of architecture. The story of the amphitheater and its gladiator games from their origins through the zenith of their development and into the decline and eventual fall provides a unique insight into the evolution and fall of the Roman empire itself.

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  4. Rome is swathed in a glorious past. It's historical importance can never be undermined. The pictures depict 'Rome in Ruins.

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  5. Hari OM
    Another wonderful presentation, Deepak-ji - that night photo is simply amazing!

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  6. Rome in ruins ....nice capture waiting for your next post of walking tour :)

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  7. beautiful it would have been when alive ! Mesmerizing captures of the ruins bhai !!

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  8. Deepak ji, Awesome post and amazing captures.

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  9. Beautiful captures and that night shot is awesome...

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  10. i hv a paln to visit there may be in 2014 thx for sharing :-)
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    1. Thank you Paresh. Pleasure to share

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  12. Wow!!Amazing shots!! Like the new look of this page as well :))

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  13. Beautiful coverage of the Roman history. Fantastic work.

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  14. Woow! Blown away by the shots! really a wonderful place and excellent shots

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  15. unusual shots of the Coliseum. The third one especially looks eerie! And has Travel Magic got a new name and look? Somehow I liked the word Magic more :)

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    1. Zephyr, Travel Magic very much exists but only for India travel stories. This is for other than India travels :) Do visit my http://magictravels.blogspot.com too for the latest on India travel!

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  16. Thanks for soaking us in the history, Deepak! Rome is indeed a lovely place and those pictures brought back the memories of the place!

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  17. Beautiful captures of the amphitheatre. My favourite is the one that was taken in night.

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