Sunday, July 14, 2013

A trip to Rome - A church and lions

On our third day in Rome we started with a visit to a church.

This is the San Clemente.
It's special because this church is build upon another, older church, which in turn is build upon old Roman houses. Dominican monks excavated the older church and the Roman houses so you can visit them.

We weren't allowed to take pictures, so here's a couple of cards:

In the church itself there are some really beautiful mosaics.

This is a corridor of the older church. They put all kinds of stones and pieces of statues in the wall so you can admire them.

It was really cool to see how all these buildings were build on top of each other and how well the older buildings had been preserved.

Next we went to see the Forum Romanum. An area where they have lots of old stones and pieces of old buildings and such. We wanted to visit the Forum, but it turned out we had to pay not only for the Forum, but also for two other tourist sites if we wanted to enter the Forum. So we decided to just look at the Forum from a lookout point. As you can see there are lots of pieces of stone columns and such.

We went on to see the monument for Victor Emanuel II, the first king of united Italy.

Across from the monument is a square with the building where Mussolini used to hold his speeches.

Another lion!
I'll have to see that statue in close-up.

The monument has many nicknames. Wedding Cake and Typewriter are among those nicknames.

It's a very white building. The sun was shining brightly and it almost hurt to look at the building.

I managed to get close to one of the lion statues.

Isn't it cool?!

After taking pictures of the lion we fled the monument so our eyes could get some rest.

Then it was on to the Capitol.

1 comment:

Aurian said...

Awesome pics again Sullivan.