Rome, the Ancient City
Trip Start Aug 13, 2010
56Trip End Oct 07, 2010
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The collection in the Capitoline Museum, designed by Michelangelo, started more than five hundred years ago, so it has had the pick of the best sculpture from the ancient times as it has been discovered: and what a superb collection it has. The downside to it, again, is the lack of information displayed alongside the objects.
The Pantheon was designed to serve all the gods of pre-christian Rome, and since the 7th Century AD it has been a Christian church. Built in 126 AD, it has been in continuous use ever since, and is in good condition. It still has the largest dome in the world of unreinforced concrete.
Piazza Navonne, besides being a rather splendid piazza based on the open space of the first century AD Stadium of Domitian, is home to the wonderfully exuberant 1651 Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, the Neptune Fountain, and the Church of Saint Agnese in Agone, which is built on the site of the martyrdom in 304 AD of the 12 year old Saint Agnes in the original stadium.