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There’s nothing else quite like the power and glory of Rome, a city where “awe” takes on a whole new meaning, whether looking skyward inside the dome of St. Peter’s or deep into the earth at the Roman Forum. Pagan temples are converted to churches, palaces of all eras greet you at every turn, and a single snapshot can capture monuments from every age. Ancient columns and pediments are recycled for newer building facades, and all but the recently restored sights are covered by the everyday grime of a thriving metropolis. This is a city of landmarks, history, and faith, and if none of that excites you at the moment, your mood will change once you arrive.
Rome, founded by Romulus and Remus (or so goes the legend), was capital of the Roman Republic and the Empire that followed. When Rome fell, the capital of the Roman Catholic Church rose from its ashes. The power and wealth of the church attracted the greatest architects and artists of the Renaissance and as the capital of the modern Italian state, a century’s worth of newer monumental works lies layer upon layer with more than 2,500 years of history. This is Rome, described (accurately) by countless clichés, a city that put its imperial and ecclesiastical stamp so firmly on its conquests that even today its language, culture, architecture, and intellectual impact dominates half of all world culture. This is the city where it all happened and continues to happen on a daily basis.
Top Photo Slice: Roman Forum (℗ 16758) Photo contributed by © MickeyWatch
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