Rome - 16 Feb 1999

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Ben walks out of the Metro station to be faced with Ancient Rome in the pretty concentrated form of the Colosseum. He is impressed I think...

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The Column of Phocas, actually a dreadful man who really didn't deserve such a prominent and long lasting memorial - such is fate...

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The House of the Vestals - the Statues of Notable Vestals are an odd lot, misshapen lumps of marble drapery...

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The view from the steps of the Senate - Arch of Septimius Severus on the right, Temple of Saturn to the left (I have removed a few fences)...

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The Forum from the steps of the Basilica Julia - if you look you can find coins melted onto the steps from the fire that burnt it down...

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Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in the Piazza Navona - utterly fabulous baroque over-the-topness as only a pope could commission...

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Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Piazza Campidoglio (or rather the copy - original in the museum).

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Bernini's Elephant and Obelisk fountain before the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

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The inscription on the Arch of Titus

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The Loggia of the Palace of the Knights of Malta sits rather awkwardly on top of the Forum of Augustus...

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Mark and Ben in the Portico of the Pantheon
our favourite building in the world more or less
(well, we haven't been to Hagia Sophia yet)...

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The Great Oculus through the door of the Pantheon - it has provided the only light to the building since the 3rd Century.

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sunset over the Forum Romanum

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Ben at sunset over the Forum Romanum

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Mark at sunset over the Forum Romanum

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