Rome - Torre delle Milizie
The Torre delle Milizie ("Tower of the Militia") is a fortified tower in Rome, Italy, located between the Trajan's Market in the Imperial fora to the east and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum to the west.
It gained the popular nickname of "Nero's Tower" from a tradition that it originated as an ancient Roman construction from which Emperor Nero watched the Great Fire of Rome – this is derived from the classical account that he watched from a tower in the Gardens of Maecenas, though more trustworthy accounts place him out of town, at Antium at the time.
The actual construction of the tower probably dates to the time of Pope Innocent III (1198–1216) under the Aretino family. At the end of the 13th century, the tower was a possession of the powerful Annibaldi family, who were followed by the Prefetti di Vico and by the Caetani, Pope Boniface VIII's family. Under the Caetani the fortified quarter was enlarged and strengthened, probably rivalling with Castel Sant'Angelo as Rome's main fortress. At the end of the 13th century When Henry VII of Luxembourg came to the city for his coronation as Holy Roman Emperor (May–June 1312), he chose the Torre delle Milizie as the base for his Guelph supporters. Twenty years later the tower was ceded to the Conti. During their ownership Raphael, in his role as curator of the antiquities of the city, cited the tower as an example of an edifice built re-using antique parts. The Conti held the tower until 1619, when it was acquired by the nuns of the neighbouring convent (later demolished) of Santa Caterina a Magnanapoli.
In 1911, the tower was declared an Italian National Monument.
One of the main medieval monuments of the city, the Torre delle Milizie is built on a square plan, its base sides measure 10.5 × 9.5 m. The original height of the tower is uncertain, but following the earthquake of 1348, the top two floors were demolished, reducing the structure to its present height of approximately 50 metres (160 ft). The 1348 earthquake also resulted in the slight tilting of the structure.
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pajaran (55661) 2014-02-26 5:14
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj arhitekturi, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazan stari toranj i detalji na fasadi, lepe boje.
Dobro ulovljen trenutak sa svetlom koje je istaklo lepotu stare arhitekture.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the old architecture, the history and description of the ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast nicely demonstrated the old tower and the facade details, beautiful colors.
Well captured moments of light that pointed out the beauty of the old architecture.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
federico (3164) 2014-02-26 5:14
ciao romano ,un'altra bella foto dalla nostra capitale, una luce molto calda che valorizza il soggetto
Sergiom (68856) 2014-02-26 5:21
Un très beau cadrage vertical pour nous montrer une partie de la ville que je ne connaissais pas. Même si la tour penche un petit peu elle conserve encore beaucoup de force. La lumière est superbe sur ces beaux murs antiques.
nikkitta (17018) 2014-02-26 7:58
Impresive capture of a tower that I never saw in Roma, interesting note about history and Nero watching from here the great fire
Also the old building taken with good light is impresive
The holes are make for bullets, I believe?
Like the vertical format , quite adecuated for the tower, is ir a bit tilt towards the right?
dta (72109) 2014-02-26 8:08
Ciao Romano ,
La tour penche un peu vers la droite ;) , mais ce n'est pas bien grave . L'image est intéressante et très belle . Superbe éclairage et joli contraste des tons ocres avec le ciel bleu-gris . Il y a un certain vignettage , mais ce n'est pas gênant .
Silvio1953 (131920) 2014-02-26 8:32
Ciao Romano, me la vedevo tutti i giorni quando andavo all'università, bella foto con l'imponente torre a dominare gli scenografici mercati di Traiano, splendida nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio
adramad (41240) 2014-02-26 9:19
Grande POV, questa splendida torre che svetta orgoglioso dopo secoli sul grande set di rovine di mercato di Traiano, mi piace il contrasto di mattoni rossi con pini verdi e di quelli eleganti. Cielo magnifico come sfondo.
Bel colore, in questi toni naturali.
Inoltre entrambi nitidezza, come l'illuminazione sono grandi.
Beh, prese la foto. mi piace
Godetevi una bella giornata.
I migliori auguri.
yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-26 10:15
Excellent light on the brown ochre buildings
A very pleasant compo
best regards, have a nice day
jemaflor (90217) 2014-02-26 11:22
Well taken and good choice for this perfect pov to give a well balanced composition. Charming light and warm tone, well this tower in focal point of your photo.
holmertz (45942) 2014-02-26 11:30
Wherever you turn in Rome you will face a building of historic significance. This tower may not be among the most famous landmarks of the city, but along with the surrounding buildings it forms a complex of eternal value and beauty. You have composed this well with very good colours and light management and a fine balance between the brown tones of the buildings and the surrounding greenery.
Royaldevon (33935) 2014-02-26 12:16
Ciao Caro Romano,
This is an excellent shot, where the building is sharply exposed and there are interesting contrasts of light and shadow. You have placed the tower off-centre for strength of composition.
I never cease to be amazed by the scale and the scope of historic buildings in Rome! It is truly a historians paradise.
Are those holes the result of some military attack or, maybe some cladding that has been removed?
My warm regards,
siudzi (34141) 2014-02-26 12:57
What a great presentation of this impressive old tower! Like your stunning capture executed with a fantastic sharpness and well managed lights which are a key of this view. Lovely shot! TFS.
mesutilgim (89860) 2014-02-26 13:28
You are showing us with your last entries not much known parts of Rome.
This one is also very nice.Perfect pov and layout. Very good sharpness.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (39863) 2014-02-26 16:10
un altro modo di vedere questo luogo storico e bello, la luce è ancora dalla tua parte, mi piace il suo comportamento sui vari piani della costruzione.
Unico neo, pende un po' a destra, ma è una facile correzione.
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2014-02-26 17:58
a beautiful view here with that interesting architecture at background. I like how you use the light. Your chosen POV is nice here. A superb composition which is really enjoyable. Tfs.
Corry (4508) 2014-02-26 20:01
Belle photo des vestiges de la Tour des Milices. La lumière donne de très belles couleurs à l'ensemble. Netteté excellente. Salutations.
emka (87696) 2014-02-26 23:46
Ciao Romano. Lovely shot of the Torre delle Milizie. You had wonderful light, so the colours are fabulous. Fantastic architecture and the pine trees are so charming. Stunning sharpness. it seems we can touch the walls.
Exactly one year ago I saw it with my own eyes. How fast the time goes...
WArm regrads MAlgo
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-02-27 0:02
a splendid view with spectacular architectural details, the POV is effective, beautiful photo work,
dkmurphys (53609) 2014-02-27 2:48
Very beautiful capture of the ancient tower. I like the burning effect, ads a kind of mystery to the scene.
mohammad_H (9800) 2014-02-27 2:55
Hi buildings with beautiful architecture, eye-catching and has a wonderful view of the background and magnificent, good resolution in a beautiful frame Best wishes to
lousat (83666) 2014-02-27 4:17
Ciao Romano,c'e' poco da commentare,lo spettacolo parla da solo,un nuovo angolo di Roma colto da un'ottima prospettiva e con una luce speciale,sei molto bravo a scegliere i momenti migliori..il resto ce l'hai ha portata di mano,ma riesci sempre a valorizzarlo al meglio.Buona giornata,Luciano
Oceania (5202) 2014-02-27 5:58
The architecture (or ruin) in Rome is fascinating. The timing you took this picture is very good. The lights and shadows are perfectly on the building. Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-27 6:26
WoW! this structure is amazing. So huge and imposing and captured in this light so architecturally impressive and beautiful. Glorious textures and detailing here and I love the trees set in amongst the rustic tones to add organic contrast. Stunning!
Regards - B.
SnapRJW (31627) 2014-02-27 9:07
Hello Romano - An excellent shot with such good detail. I like all the dark windows and arches in the facade, they contrast with the warm tones of the brickwork. The way the light is catching the building is also adding to the impression of form and volume. Top class and one I like a lot. Warm regards Rosemary
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-02-27 16:57
tanta storia dietro queste mura e tanta bellezza
la nota è straordinario e il contrasto sulla tua immagine è squisita!!!
un abbraccio, complimenti Romano!!!
COSTANTINO (60699) 2014-02-28 1:34
Bella composizione Architetonica dal alto
bel POV ottimi colori e nitidenza
Gigidusud (18243) 2014-03-01 0:42
Bellissima foto di questa torre con un bel taglio verticale e una splendida luce. Un capolavoro come sempre.
Ti auguro una bella giornata.
amaryllis (36141) 2014-03-01 8:51
superbe lumière et douceur sur cette architecture remarquable avec cette tour qui ne peut nous échapper et j'avais remarqué cet endroit qui avait retenu toute mon attention et d'en savoir plus
merci de le présnter ainsi
Mais mes allers retours en ce moments sont plus su Paris
Mais je retournerai à Rome...
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-01 13:35
this is very beautifully taken picture. The POV seems to be quite high and gives an excellent perspective on these amazing architecture.
The light has been masterly managed and it gave all the colors very attractive warm tones. Perfect sharpness overall.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your evening
Didi (59196) 2014-03-09 3:17
Good point of view on these ruin with particular lights ambiance
Nice picture but there is vigneting on the corners
Schnappilic (9690) 2014-03-16 10:40
Another beautiful piece of Rome presented in a professional way. I like the light on the walls. Congratulations!
Una buona serata!
jmdias (59298) 2014-03-27 2:21
uma bela vista desta torre romana à moda de Pisa. haha.
ela me faz lembrar os dias em passei ao seu lado, seguindo para o meu hotel no fim do dia. linda foto com um toque dourado de luz baixa. bem feito.
fritzi007 (9241) 2014-04-24 5:32
ein wirkliches super Foto und sehr gute Info, gratuliere!
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