Ciao! Classes have begun, but that doesn’t mean I’m not getting out to see as much of Rome as possible.
Altare Della Patria (also known as “The Wedding Cake”)
Construction for the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) began in 1885 to commemorate Italian unification and honor Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s first king. The building also houses the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Construction for Castel Sant’Angelo began in 123AD and finished in 139AD. In its years of existence, the building functioned first as a mausoleum, then became part of the city wall and later was turned into a fortress before it functioned as a papal residence and finally as a barracks and military prison. It is currently a national museum.
Where we’re living in Rome isn’t too far away from Castel Sant’Angelo and we oftentimes pass it on our way to Campo De Fiori or other districts in Rome.
With construction starting in the 7th century BC, the Roman Forum is the oldest part of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum. The Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archeological excavations.
The ancient ruins has by far been one of my favorite sights in Rome. Would you expect anything less from the girl whose childhood largely consisted of creating “Emily’s Museum” with found items such as rocks, animal bones, bird nests, and glass coke bottles? My “museum” was really just a table displaying all the interesting finds collected over countless walks with my dad covering our 300+ acres of land. I’m admitting this because it makes sense then that I’d find the remnants of the ancient city, and the ability to walk in and around it, so fascinating.
The Colosseum, originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical stadium in the center of the city of Rome. It was the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.
When we went to the Colosseum, it was around 3:30 which is when they close the interior to visitors. Despite not being able to go inside, we still found it to be extremely beautiful and impressive and will definitely be back to check out the rest of the structure.
Question: Do you find architecture interesting?
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