Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Dream places

Hello my friends..
Now I want to know what your dream places??
Hah Africa,Asia,America,korea or what else....I like to go to Rome..
Why Rome??
Uuumm maybe their places,building so interesting to me.
Not only their building but i like to know about the history the places.
Before I show you about Rome.. Let me introduces, Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated municipality (central area), with over 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi). This is the map of Rome.

The Pantheon

This building is ancient Rome's best preserved monument. The emperor Hadrian reconstructed it around 120 AD when an older temple sitting on the same spot was destroyed by fire. The interior is really striking, with its dome a perfect hemisphere and an oculus which is believed to symbolize the all-seeing eye of heaven. I really liked this building, it has a certain geometrical harmony which reminded me that in architecture sometimes the simplest things achieve the biggest effect. Inside is Raphael's tomb and the tomb of Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy's first king.

Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)

If you've seen La Dolce Vita by Fellini you'll recognize this spot easily. The fountain lies in a small piazza off Via del Tritone. It was designed by Nicola Silva. Legend goes that by throwing a coin in the fountain you can secure your return to Rome (we didn't do it, but I still have hopes to return). We went there in the afternoon; we were not looking for the fountain, just wandering the streets and ended up here. It was extremely crowded, almost imposible to get near the fountain. I don't know which hour is better, my guess is that it is crowded all the time. Maybe early morning will be a better time if you wish to avoid the crowds.Many people throw the coins on to the water and then makes wishes. It is one of the good examokes of Baroque style.
Basilica di San Pietro (St. Peter Basilica)

This must be the world's most imposing church. At least for me it is. I've never seen a church of such colossal dimensions. It's simply huge and impressive. The present church dates from the 15th century when it was decided to replace the earlier St. Peter church. The rebuilding lasted until the 17th century. Among the artists that worked on the design of the new basilica are Bramante and Michelangelo. Inside the church, near the entrance is Michelangelo's Pieta which is so beautiful; it's a pity that nowadays one has to see it from the distance (due to an incident in 1972). Also very impressive is Bernini's baldacchino that rises above the papal altar.

Colosseo (Colosseum)

Colossal construction located in the centre of Rome. It is the largest building constructed by Roman Empire and it is one of the most well-known architectural structures of Romans. This big structure is also called Flavian Amphitheatre.The most famous of ancient Rome's monuments, Colosseum was begun in AD 70 by emperor Vespasian and inaugurated in AD 80 by with a program of games and shows that lasted 100 days. The gladiator fights that took place in the arena were popular forms of entertainment with the Romans. You can find a few of their followers outside the Colosseum. They don't fight to their death anymore but rather pose for pictures. By the 15th century the Colosseum has become a quarry for building materials. In 1749 Benedict XIV declared it sacred in the memory of the many Christians that died here (although there is no historical data to support the belief that Christians were martyrized in the arena). Once it was declared sacred, its restauration began (and still continues).

Roman Forum (Foro Romano)

The Forum was the civic heart of the Republic of Rome. The area was once filled with temples and palaces. Today all these are ruins and you'll have to use all of your imagination to try to envision how it must have looked. Still, it's impressive if you think that most of the buildings were built between 500 BC to 400 AD. A friends of mine told me that this place calms him because all our worries seem small when you come here and realize how quickly the time flies. The Arch of Septimius Severus is one of the structures still standing. If you're interested in Roman history it's a good idea to have a good travel guide with you to be able to indentify the ruins.
Piazza del Popolo

This is one of the most beautiful piazzas in Rome and the effect of the twin churches is amazing. My guide mentioned that the two baroque churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto are not exactly alike, but they do look alike on a first sight and the impression one gets is of something unforgettable. The piazza was created by Latino Giovenale Manetti in 1538 for Pope Paul III and the twin churches were added in the 17th century. The present symmetry was given by the neoclassical architect Giuseppe Valadier in the early 1800's. In the middle of the square lies a 3000 years old obelisk framed by four small fountains with lions. The piazza is closed to automotive traffic so you can stroll at your own pace and enjoy the sights.

Trajan's Column (Colonna di Traiano)

Romanian tourists in Rome (like me) flock to this monument which is part of the Romanian national pride. Also, when I came back from Rome this was the monument all my Romanian friends asked about. Did you see it? Were you able to see the Dacians on the column? The reason is that Trajan's column was built to commemorate his military campaigns in Dacia (which is now Romania). It's true Trajan won and conquered Dacia but hey, our ancestors can still be seen today, almost 2000 years later, on this column in the center of Rome. The column is a beautiful piece of Roman sculptural art; around the column winds a spiral frieze with over 2500 figures in relief illustrating the battles that took place during Trajan's military campaigns in Dacia (101-102 and 105-106). At the top the statue of Saint Peter replaced in 1588 a statue of Trajan. The ashes of the emperor and his wife were places in a golden urn in a vault below the column. The column stands in what was once Foro di Traiano (Forum of Trajan) with a huge semicircular market building.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona was built over the site of the 1st century Stadium of Domitian and still preserves the elliptical form of the Roman circus. Medieval jousts, 17-century carnivals, open-air sports and historic festivals took place here; the piazza was also used as market place from mid 15th century to mid 19th century. Today this place attracts tourists and Romans alike, and the cafes and restaurants lining the piazza have tables outside most of the year. Three beautiful fountains decorate the piazza out of which the most famous is the central Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (The Fountain of the Four Rivers) by Bernini. Behind this fountain is the church Sant'Agnese in Agone a remarkable example of Baroque architecture.

Castel Sant'Angelo and the Bridge of Angels

This fortress which stood at the entrance to Vatican for centuries was begun by Hadrian around 128 as a mausoleum for him and his family. The mausoleum was finished in 139 and Hadrian and many succeeding emperors were buried here. By the 6th century the building was gradually transformed into a castle and it was used to protect the popes for nearly 1000 years. According to legend the name of the castle was given during the plague of 590 when Pope Gregory the Great who was passing nearby had a vision of an angel sheathing his sword atop the stone walls. In front of the castle stands Ponte Sant'Angelo (Bridge of Angels) which was built by Hadrian as a suitable approach to his mausoleum. The bridge was transformed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini who designed the ten.

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