Time to move back in history, and we’re going back to ancient Rome. This was certainly the most fascinating part of visiting Rome, seeing the evidence of the ancient times, thinking how much history and how many people who has walked these streets. And the evidence are so clear, over the years the city has been rebuild many times, and usually just on top on whatever was there before. This has caused the city to raise during the years. The original level is now several meters down, and you can look down on it several places. Take the Pantheon for example, it was build on a height, now you actually walk down to it!
Pantheon again, I love it!
And of course, the Colosseum!
View to Forum Romanum from the Colosseum.
I was quite surprised that the entire building has been covered with brick stone, didn’t think that was normal that long ago, but at the top you can see the stone where the brick stones are gone. It was also covered with marble stone on the outside. Also pretty cool with the stairs you see up on the wall, leading nowhere, but this was apparently where the women was seated, at the very top.
Today Colosseum looks like a ruin, but it’s not because it has fallen apart during time, it’s because it has been torn apart when the Romans build new things and needed stone! When the Roman empire fell, they wanted to get rid of all the evidence of the empire, and therefore they used the old buildings as building materials for the new churches etc. All the gold from the old buildings has been reused in the churches.
Constantine’s triumphal arch. For being the first christian emperor he wasn’t a very “christian” or humble man, the picture below is a detail from the arch where he is bragging about raiding the temple i Jerusalem..
And to finish it of, a picture of Cafe Greco, the cafe where all the big Norwegian artists and writers used to stay when they where in Rome. I can just mention, Sigrid Undset and Henrik Ibsen among many others. Way to expensive to even look inside😛
And the very last picture: One of the churches had an altar to the Norwegian king and saint, St. Olav. Pictured on top of a dragon! Olav the drake killer is a new story to me!😛 What they come up with…
That was it from Rome! Now we are enjoying Advent with lots of candles and Christmas music. And we have finally had some cold weather with a tini, tiny bit of snow🙂 Hope you are enjoying your first Advent Weekend!