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Rome, Italy - Roman Coliseum Panoramic Picture

Rome, Italy - Roman Coliseum Panoramic Picture

SKU: ROMC
This panoramic photograph of the Roman Coliseum was taken by James Blakeway. The Coliseum is one of Rome's most visited tourist attractions. When the Coliseum was completed in 80 A.D., the opening was celebrated with 100 days of games. It sat over 50,000 spectators, was over 160 feet high and had eighty entrances. Public events such as gladiator fights and wild animal hunts were held with professional fighters, volunteers or people who were captured to fight. The gladiator fights were held until 404 A.D., and for much of that time, according to tradition, Christians were thrown to the beasts.
Rome, Italy Panoramic City Skyline Picture

Rome, Italy Panoramic City Skyline Picture

SKU: ROM3
This aerial panorama of Rome was taken by James Blakeway. The Coliseum, Rome's most important monument from ancient times, is seen centered in the panorama. To its left are the ruins of the Roman Forum. The white stone building up the road from the Coliseum is The Vittoriano, a monument to King Victor Emmanuel II. Further left is the Tiber River. Up the Tiber in the distance is Saint Peter's Basilica, which stands in the independent papal state of Vatican City. Vatican City is the seat of the central government of the Catholic Church and includes the papal palace, the Sistine Chapel, and many museums housing some of the world's finest art treasures.
Rome, Italy City Skyline Panorama

Rome, Italy City Skyline Panorama

SKU: ROM2
This panoramic photograph of Rome was taken by James Blakeway. It features the ancient Roman ruins known as the Roman Forum with the world famous Coliseum in the distance. The Coliseum, the symbol of Rome, was started in 72 A.D. and had a capacity of 50,000. The Coliseum was inaugurated in 80 A.D. and during the festivities, which according to historians lasted 3 monthes, a large number of Gladiatrs and 5000 animals were slain. The Forum was the heart of ancient Rome, the ex-capital of the lergest empire of antiquity and currently the religious center of the Catholic world.
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Rome, Italy Skyline Pictures

Founded over 2,700 years ago, Rome is regarded as the birthplace of western civilization and home to some of the greatest ancient engineering marvels in the world. With over 3.8 million residents, the city continues to command international influence as one of the prime cultural centers of Europe and beyond.

The most famous among Rome's many landmarks are often ancient ruins, like the Roman Forum or iconic Coliseum. As the prime symbol of Rome for nearly 2,000 years, the Coliseum ruins once held over 50,000 spectators. The inauguration of this structure was extravagant and bloody, as was standard at the time; opening ceremonies lasted over 3 months, and many Gladiators and thousands of animals were brutally killed for entertainment.

Down the road is the Vittoriano - or Altare della Patria - completed in 1925 and dedicated to King Victor Emmanuel, first king of the unified country of Italy. The base of the building houses the famous museum of Italian Reunification. Despite its architectural style matching the iconic buildings present in so many areas of Rome, its facade is blaring white compared to the aged ruins seen elsewhere and has many colorful nicknames given to it by tourists and locals alike. A relatively modern destination frequented by tourists is Saint Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, located in the independent city-state of Vatican City. This district houses some of the finest treasures in the world and is the only absolute monarchy remaining in Europe.

Rome skyline pictures continue to hold our interest today, with seemingly countless destinations of historical interest within. While a city of antiquity, Rome photos continue to show us a city holding world influence, and will remain one of the most visited areas of tourism in the future.

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