Rome - Porta San Paolo
The Porta San Paolo is one of the southern gates in the 3rd-century Aurelian Walls of Rome, Italy. The Ostiense Museum is housed within the gatehouse. Just to the west is the Pyramid of Cestius, an Egyptian-style pyramid, and beyond that is the Protestant Cemetery.
The original name of the gate was Porta Ostiensis because it was located of the beginning of via Ostiense, the road that connected Rome and Ostia where functioned as its main gate. Via Ostiense was an important arterial road as evidenced by the fact that upon entering the gate of the same name, the road split, with one direction leading to the famous Roman Emporium, the great market of Rome.
The gatehouse is flanked by two cylindrical towers, and has two entrances, which had been covered by a second, single-opening gate, built in front of the first by Belisarius (530s–540s).
The structure is due to Maxentius, in the 4th century, but the two towers were heightened by Honorius. Its original — Latin — name was Porta Ostiensis, since it opened on the way to Ostia. Later, it was renamed to the Italian Porta San Paolo, because it was the exit of Rome that led to the St. Paul basilica outside the walls.
In 549, the Rome was under siege; the Ostrogoths of Totila entered through this gate, because of the treason of the Isaurian garrison. On 10 September 1943, two days after the armistice between the Allies and Italy had been agreed, Italian military and civil forces tried to block German seizure of the city, with 570 casualties.
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lousat (81566) 2014-02-23 3:53
Ciao Romano,grande inquadratura per piazzare due cornici naturali,la diagonale sulla sinistra e le strisce pedonali in basso,una composizione originale,bel esposta e con grandi dettagli e pulizia ovunque,davvero ok! Dopo aver visto il tuo HDR ed il mio di oggi,forse è meglio se lasciamo perdere....ehehe.....buona Domenica,Luciano
Silvio1953 (129220) 2014-02-23 4:06
Ciao Romano, gran bel POV, hai sfruttato bene le strisce pedonali per portare l'occhio alla porta, bella la piramide a far da quinta, ottima nitidezza, splendida luce e magnifici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio
Sergiom (66129) 2014-02-23 4:52
Tes récentes photos de Rome sont très intéressantes. Elles m'aident à préparer ma visite à la recherche des plus beaux points à visiter. Les lignes prioritaires dans la rue poussent le regard vers les deux belles tours.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-23 5:24
like your composition here, with the crossing acting as an irresistible lead into the main subject of the image. Exquisite light and detailing make this such an attractive image of this impressive gate under blue skies. Wonderful!
carlo62 (37938) 2014-02-23 6:48
gran bella inquadratura e magnifica luce, fa risplendere tutti i colori.
Incredibile questa specie di deserto, il luogo è molto frequentato, trovarlo così non è semplice
rychem (27380) 2014-02-23 7:43
What a beautiful sample of defensive architecture, great clarity, detailed photo with good exposure and beautiful composition
holmertz (44342) 2014-02-23 8:22
This is a crystal clear photo with excellent, vibrant colours. You have used the graphically attractive zebra crossing and the white arrows very well to pull me towards the ancient gate and towers, and the inclusion of a part of the pyramid adds interesting lines to the composition.
grigand (19709) 2014-02-23 8:44
Ottima compo per questa bella porta (che non conoscevo), hai sfruttato al meglio le strisce creando un ottimo effetto di prospettico, bravo !
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2014-02-23 8:45
Un imponente e apparentemente inespugnabile fortezza come gateway di tutto questo tempo fermo fiero come il giorno in cui è stato costruito. Mi piace molto che si è utilizzato l'attraversamento di condurre in scena, come mi invita ad andare a esplorare questo possente edificio! Il colpo ha molti elementi che mi intrigano, tra cui, naturalmente, che possente piramide di cui abbiamo parlato prima. Fantastica luce e la composizione.
Grazie come sempre, saluti dall'Irlanda!
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-02-23 10:27
impressionante e spettacolare!!
mi piace molto il contrasto elil gioco della luce con le ombre!!
COSTANTINO (59219) 2014-02-23 11:52
ottimo POV e belli colori
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-02-23 12:48
Superb presentation of this old gate of Rome. Right moment with good light and perfect sharpness. I like the result!
Corry (4508) 2014-02-23 20:39
Très belle vue sur la Porte Saint-Paul à côté de la pyramide Cestia. J'aime bien les lignes blanches sur le pavage qui dirige le regard vers la porte fortifiée. Très bonne netteté de l'image. Salutations.
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-02-23 23:22
a superb photo of this place with spectacular details and attractive composition, the colours and lights are beautiful. Great shot of this architecture,
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-23 23:31
The road leading to the gate is magnificent.
The towers are very unique.
saxo042 (37602) 2014-02-24 1:24
The sloping wall, together with the pedestrian crossing are very important parts of this well composed picture. The gate is also well placed and highly interesting. A fine and very attractive street scene!
abmdsudi (46146) 2014-02-24 5:46
An appealing exposure control here and deep blue sky! A pleasing city view and the historic sight as the castle stands to grab attention with great details, textures and sharpness. Very well composed shot showing enough depth and perspective full of rich colour combination and the white crossing lines serve as strong focal, Great capture, Congrats
ikeharel (62041) 2014-02-24 9:18
Buona sera Romano,
Fine shot over the south gate to old Roma, but about the pyramid which cropped its main edifice - I know the place and the monument is well seen with the Pyramid along, from just across the road.
Anyway, fine daylight enhanced the details, which were superbly collected.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-24 10:00
What a nice view of a old fort gate in the middle of a modern city. In India also in many towns we see huge stone gates which were entrance to walled cities in old era.Excellent use of the zebra markings to lead our view towards the gate. The blue sky is beautiful and it is contrasting the scene beneath perfectly. Very well taken, thanks for sharing.
mesutilgim (88454) 2014-02-24 14:18
Nice capture from Rome's noy much known part !
Very good pov and layout.
TFS and best regards
jemaflor (88727) 2014-02-24 23:13
good idea for an original présentation with this Fg and all these white lines, nice frame for the tower and good light cpture.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-02-25 0:25
I know this place well(I´ve been there last time being in Rome)
Your presentation is brilliant!
I like especially how you used the zebra crossing to create perspective and to lead our eyes to the Porta San Paolo.Excellent and very smart idea,whcih also makes the graphics of the image more attractive and expressive.
Have a nice day
macjake (60518) 2014-02-25 4:54
wow, it has stood that long! hard to believe its that old, simply amazing.
Imagine having the exact same pov when it was built...i wonder how it would have looked. For sure the road wouldn't have been paved as it is now :)
and i wonder what would have been around nearby...what type of buildings...if only we had a time machine.
wonderful post for TE, i don't think i've seen this from Rome before.
SimoAle (646) 2014-02-25 6:54
credo proprio che oggi la mia foto non sia un granchè
devo proprio migliorare negli interni.. Ho poca pazienza di aspettare il momento giusto e studiare la scena. Il mio scatto è parecchio d'impeto!
Tutt'altra cosa è la tua precisione, il tuo meticoloso lavoro che ogni giorno presenti. Tu ti sposti di rado da Roma eppure trovi sempre l'angolo giusto da immortalare con originalità!
Anche oggi ottimo lavoro direi!
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-02-25 12:04
Hi Romano - You have used the strong lines in a pleasing punchy composition. Many would attempt to take a shot without the crossing and sloping wall but I think they are both strong compositional elements. Nicely done! Warm regards Rosemary
Cricri (110571) 2014-02-26 10:11
Bonne note information de la Porte Saint-Paul, la Pyramide en grand contraste d'architecture avec la Porte, les lignes blanches du passage pour piétons, donne un drôle d'effet aux yeux, très belle présentation
delpeoples (54603) 2014-02-27 0:59
Ahh bellissimo castello, che ricordami del mio Maschio Angioino di Napoli! Ha creato una prospettiva avvincente, con le marche sulla strada cosi. La luce calorosa é ancora notevole. Complimenti per il pov originale e di grande effetto.
amaryllis (35597) 2014-03-01 8:47
un cadrage excellent qui nous permet de voir cette belle porte avec son architecture remarquable comme beaucoup à Rome
Mais je ne vois pas où se situe celle-ci?
Angshu (56462) 2014-03-04 22:50
As I said before, your city has so much to offer that even one lifetime may not be enough to cover the beauty she has to offer with her landmarks.
This is a nice & unusual (for me) place with the gayte turned museum with the zebra crossing leading us into the picture
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-03-09 1:22
It is indeed beautiful... Great capture of this nice architecture with a fantastic POV. Great sharpness and depth. Superb colour tone. Very well done. Tfs.
mkamionka (32295) 2014-03-14 9:32
fantastic geometry of the composition. Everything seems to go well together. I like the lines in the foreground they lead the eye well to the gate. In the left there seem to be a pyramide rising, and the sky is so pleasant too. Great light with nice shadows which make it vivid and feeling three dimensional.