Rome - Roman Forum - House of the Vestals
The House of the Vestal Virgins (Latin: Atrium Vestae) was the residence of Vestal Virgins, located behind the circular Temple of Vesta at the eastern edge of the Roman Forum, between the Regia and the Palatine Hill. The domus publicae where the Pontifex Maximus dwelled, was located near the Atrium until that role was assumed by the emperors.
The Atrium Vestae was a three-story 50-room palace in the ancient Roman Forum built around an elegant elongated atrium or court with a double pool. To the very east is an open vaulted hall with a statue of Numa Pompilius, the mythological founder of the cult.
The complex lay at the foot of the Palatine Hill, where a sacred grove that was slowly encroached upon lingered into Imperial times, when all was swept away by the Fire of Rome in 64. The House of the Vestals was rebuilt several times in the course of the Empire. After the dissolution of the College of the Vestals and the introduction of compulsory Christianity by Theodosius I in the late fourth century AD, the House of the Vestals continued to serve as a residence building. It now housed officials of the imperial court, and subsequently the papal court. Archaeological finds from this period include a hoard of 397 gold coins from the fifth century, and another 830 Anglo-Saxon coins dating from the 9th and 10th centuries. The site was abandoned in the 11th/12th century.
Today, remains of the statues of the Vestals can be seen in the Atrium Vestae.
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lousat (92964) 2014-02-19 7:54
Ciao Romano,stavolta la luce è abbastanza uniforme e non hai dovuto smanettare piu' di tanto,ottima la prospettiva,le statue in marmo sembrano risplendere di luce propria e si staccano dal resto in un bell'effetto 3D,ottimi dettagli ovunque.Buona serata,Luciano
serp2000 (44612) 2014-02-19 8:51
Your photo reminds me my trip to Israel, when I have seen similar the Roman heritage and looks like ruins.
Good illustration of this informative note.
rychem (37459) 2014-02-19 9:16
I admire such historical monumentu, sculptures and artifacts, impressive photo, nice capture of this row of Vestals, very well done
holmertz (54363) 2014-02-19 10:00
An excellent composition benefitting very much from the strong diagonals. I like the contrast of the white statues and the dark ruins behind them. Although this was a rather cloudy day, the light was very good and the strong contrasts and well saturated colours give the photo a very vigorous expression.
cornejo (43573) 2014-02-19 10:33
Romano Ciao, molto buona immagine di questi edifici interessanti di Roma antica, molto ben catturato in questo grande quadro con una buona nitidezza, profondità, buon colore e della luce. Molto buon lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo interessante lavoro.
Buona notte e felice resto della settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
jemaflor (98793) 2014-02-19 11:22
Well presented, good perspêctive effect with these statues, light is well managed and captured, tfs.
Silvio1953 (145731) 2014-02-19 11:55
Ciao Romano, sei meglio di una guida turistica, come ci fai vedere Roma tu non ce l'ha fatta mai vedere nessuno, grazie, bravissimo, ciao Silvio
Royaldevon (39792) 2014-02-19 12:01
Ciao Caro Romano,
You have so much history to photograph in Rome! This is a fine shot which uses the converging lines as great guides. The statues contrast well with the surrounding wall and have fine details.
It is just amazing how skilfully these statues were made and how long they have lasted!
My warm regards,
carlo62 (50143) 2014-02-19 15:26
una bella diagonale caratterizzata dal bincore delle statue che spiccano su tutto il resto.
Una bella composizione, con un cielo che rientra nelle tue caratteristiche.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-19 20:25
il contrasto tra le ombre e le parti chiare del monumento è semplicemente sbalorditivo
ottimo punto di ripresa e bel colore!!
complimenti tanti Romano!!
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-19 23:22
Slightly gloomy, eerie too. And that's what I like about this photo.
emka (100059) 2014-02-19 23:33
Nice view of the row of these a bit incomplete Vestals. Only one has preserved her head, other lost them :). Beautiful photo from a Forum. Excellent depth and nice colours.
Quite often you show archive photos from Rome. But you, lucky guy, can go there every time.
WArm regrads MAlgo
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-02-19 23:43
a beautiful photo of this elegant old architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-20 3:10
a magical place and your POV takes in so much of the detail and atmosphere of this amazing walk. You can almost taste the history here and the moody sky just add that little something extra to the scene.
Sergiom (81881) 2014-02-20 5:34
Cette endroit est sur ma liste pour le mois de mai. J'ai très hâte de me retrouver dans cet endroit plein d'histoire. Je crois qu'il y en a au moins pour une journée. J'aime beaucoup la ligne de fuite.
Fis2 (99794) 2014-02-20 6:58
Bardzo interesuj±ce miejsce.
Budowle i pos±gi robi± wra¿enie.
Dobre naturalne kolory i ostro¶æ.
siudzi (34141) 2014-02-20 12:54
Great presentation of these beautiful sculptures placed at the Roman Forum. All of them were perfectly captured with superb sharpness, DOF and exposure. Excellent work, well done!
Corry (4508) 2014-02-20 20:49
Beau point de vue sur cette alignement de statues de marbre avec les ruines des bâtiments en arrière-plan. Cela fait un beau contraste de couleurs. Bonne netteté de l'image. Bien fait.
ChrisJ (115575) 2014-02-21 7:51
The diagonal axis of the walking path adds both dynamism and diminishing linear perspective. Good repetition of the white marble statues with excellent sharpness and realistic saturation of the colors. Have a wonderful weekend!
abmdsudi (55208) 2014-02-22 6:43
Highly impressive archeological shot, thks to your, so much to admire and its history to illustrate this piece. Like your positioning, viewpoint, great dof, bags of subtle light & colours. A striking subject with some other interests around to complement smoothly. A shot beyond reproach, Congrats.
Didi (60588) 2014-02-25 7:55
Very interesting historic place with a good lateral perspective
Good lights direction who gives an interesting 3D effect