ancient italia

If the Arch of Titus looks familiar to you, it’s probably because the monument is the inspiration for Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. 

Arch of Titus, Rome, Italy 

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Il Colosseo || Rome, Italy

When it was built it was commonly referred to as the Flavian Amphitheatre, in honour of the dynasty of the emperors, under whose reign it was built - Vespasian and Titus. The Colosseum first opened doors in 80 AD, and is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Its modern day name is derived from the 35-meter bronze statue of Nero that once stood in its vicinity and was known as the Colossus. The statue eventually fell, the bronze it was made of was reused, but the Colosseum has stood the test of time, although not quite in the form the ancient Romans were used to seeing it - the statues that once decorated its facade are long lost, its retractable roof is gone, yet it has not lost that awe-inspiring aura that mesmerizes people from all around the globe.

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Monday’s picture: drone flight above Pompeii

Buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and rediscovered in the 17th century, the ancient city of Pompeii is a unique illustration of the urban architecture of the Roman period.

In summer 2014, in partnership with Microsoft Research and the INRIA, Iconem carried out the first complete modelling of the famous site. 

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