Can it be more Roman picture than Forum Romanum? I can't resist posting this breath taking view. On my second day in Rome I met our friends - Vinicio, his wife and two more friends near Colosseo. Than we went in the direction to Campidoglio. And how lucky I was with the weather!
The Roman Forum (Latin: Forum Romanum, Italian: Foro Romano) is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the Forum Magnum, or simply the Forum.
It was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city's great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archeological excavations attracting numerous sightseers.
Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. The Roman kingdom's earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence, the Regia (8th century BC), and the Temple of Vesta (7th century BC), as well as the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, all of which were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome.
Other archaic shrines to the northwest, such as the Umbilicus Urbis and the Vulcanal (Shrine of Vulcan), developed into the Republic's formal Comitium (assembly area). This is where the Senate—as well as Republican government itself—began. The Senate House, government offices, tribunals, temples, memorials and statues gradually cluttered the area.
Over time the archaic Comitium was replaced by the larger adjacent Forum and the focus of judicial activity moved to the new Basilica Aemilia (179 BC). Some 130 years later, Julius Caesar built the Basilica Julia, along with the new Curia Julia, refocusing both the judicial offices and the Senate itself. This new Forum, in what proved to be its final form, then served as a revitalized city square where the people of Rome could gather for commercial, political, judicial and religious pursuits in ever greater numbers.
Eventually much economic and judicial business would transfer away from the Forum Romanum to the larger and more extravagant structures (Trajan's Forum and the Basilica Ulpia) to the north. The reign of Constantine the Great, during which the Empire was divided into its Eastern and Western halves, saw the construction of the last major expansion of the Forum complex—the Basilica of Maxentius (312 AD). This returned the political center to the Forum until the fall of the Western Roman Empire almost two centuries later.
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bukitgolfb301 (43632) 2013-03-19 10:10
Hi dear Malgo, a great world traveler!
Ya your posting speed is so quick too keep up with--.
Another tasteful colro tocuh shot for wonderful regacy.
Significant color touch is admirable indeed.
Thanks a lot and have a good day!
Takero from warming Tokyo
cornejo (44713) 2013-03-19 10:52
Malgo Hello, very good picture of this classic view of ancient Rome, very well captured in this nice postcard, well framed, with clarity, depth, good light and color. Very good and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Good wishes and greetings from southern Spain.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-03-19 12:32
Great shot with nice sharpness of this historic place.Vivid colors displayed are soothing to the eyes.Very well done.TFS.
tedesse (25135) 2013-03-19 16:49
Piekna pocztowka z Rzymu!
Dobry POV i kompozycja, ladne kolory i dobra ostrosc.
dkmurphys (62081) 2013-03-20 7:04
Indeed, I guess it is the most iconic imge of Rome. Foro Romano, an incredible place!
Have a fine evening.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-03-21 1:20
klasyczny widok,ale chyba niezaleznie od tego ile razy go widzimy ciagle zachwyca(bylem na Forum Romanum 10 lat temu,wtedy jeszcze wstep byl bezplatny i bylo tam naprawde tloczno).Ciesze sie,ze pogoda dopisala(2 lata temu mialem pochmurna pogode i wszystkie zdjecie dokladnie z tego punktu wyszly dosyc kiepsko).
Niesamowite kiedy zastanowimy sie nad cala bogata historia tego miejsca.
Silvio1953 (148575) 2013-03-21 10:13
Ciao Malgorzata, classica e sempre bella, ottima prospettiva, splendida luce e magnifici colori, brava, ciao Silvio
EstelleJ (921) 2013-03-22 10:01
Great view of the Forum in this Eternal City taken in such special lighting that provides a lot of contrast between light and shade. Looks like early morning. Nice composition, maybe just tilted a little to the left - unless, it's not a flat surface, but a hill..Anyway, a very attractive image!
Have a great weekend!