savo

20 Sep 2010 560 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image La Colosseo I

La Colosseo I

Probably one of the most photographed icons of Imperial Rome, I will show a few of my takes :).

 

The Colosseum , originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

 

Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

 

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.

La Colosseo I

Probably one of the most photographed icons of Imperial Rome, I will show a few of my takes :).

 

The Colosseum , originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

 

Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

 

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Sep 2010, 00:33
Fine narrative to accompany this pile of bricks, SAVO.

[grin]
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 20 Sep 2010, 05:25
Great capture I wish I $1 for each photo taken this year lol
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Sep 2010, 06:39
Another creative "take" on this city's icon, SAVO. This is a hard place to visit because of its history, but well worth the time of remembrance. Thanks for all the info, too, because I did not know about Good Friday's "Way of the Cross" procession.
GĂ©niale!!! I like everything, colours, contrast, composition... A+ VAL smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2010, 07:06
The sheer grandeur of this place takes one's breath away SAVO
Captured under a great angle showing well the vastness of this wonderful place!
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Sep 2010, 10:08
It's such a fascinating part of often brutal history, being there you can almost hear the roar of the crowds and the whispers of the fallen.
Stunning colours!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Sep 2010, 16:25
The pile of bricks (Ray smile) is brought to live by the spectacular blue skies. Hard to think of all that happened here over the ages.
  • Tracy
  • UK
  • 20 Sep 2010, 19:04
Love the angle SAVO, when I visited this fantastic place it was pouring down.smile
Nice one, SAVO - it's many years since I saw it, but your shot brings back memories!
A fine shot of this great landmark
amamzing building and a diferent view very good
It never fails to impress, though! Wonderful shot. (:o)
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2010, 23:09
Wow this is superb Savo so much history in this image
Fantastic picture of a well-known site, you've managed to be different and very effectively too.
  • Nadiuska
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Sep 2010, 17:53
love the contrast of the building and the bright blue sky!
I like the angle you took this from Savo!

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera DSLR-A300
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/200s
aperture f/18.0
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 20.0mm
Circular QuayCircular Quay
La Colosseo IILa Colosseo II
Tempio di Saturno ITempio di Saturn...

Warning