Monday’s Travel Photos – Ruins of Rome

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The most striking thing about the ruins in Rome is that they are part of the city, sometimes incorporated into more modern buildings such as churches and restaurants. One lot of ruins has even become a cat sanctuary! I’ve visited most of the more well-known ones with the exception of the Colisseum because it closes at “sundown”, though the definition of what sundown really is isn’t clear, and each time I’ve been too late!

The elusive Colosseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, and the largest ever built in the Roman Empire

The white marble triumphal Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum

Another view of the Colosseum

The Arch of Constantine, next to the Colosseum built to honour Constantine’s defeat of the pagan Maxentius.

The Roman Forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings right in the centre of Rome

The Circus Maximus which could hold 250,000 spectators and was famous for its chariot races.

The Pantheon, the best preserved monument of ancient Rome and originally a temple dedicated to the seven planetary gods.

Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Mattini built inside the frigidarium of the Baths of Diocletian in the Piazza della Repubblica.

Torre Argentina where Julius Caesar was murdered on the Ides of March in 44 B.C., now a cat sanctuary!

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2 Responses to Monday’s Travel Photos – Ruins of Rome

  1. Susan Walter says:

    I assume you mean cat sanctuary 🙂 This is one of the very few really worthwhile feral/stray cat control programmes in the world that is a great success. They practice Trap, Neuter and Return, which means that the population never gets out of control and cat welfare is maximised. If you ever get the chance to be involved or support such a programme I highly recommend you do so. If it is a can sanctuary, then I want to know why all those tins of pineapple and tomatoes are threatened.

  2. Fraussie says:

    Thanks, Susan, I’ll correct the can sanctuary straight away!

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