Monday, 28 May 2012

Roman Forum in 1882, Rome

Foro Romano   click on link to see photo.

This picture of the Roman Forum in 1882 is fascinating, it shows what the Forum looked liked before Mussolini ordered in 1926 that large excavations be undertaken to expose the ancient Roman monuments beneath. In this photo at the front you have the 3 columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, behind them is a church and other houses which no longer exist since they were sitting on ancient foundations connected to the Imperial Palaces of the Palatine hill. The tree lined path leading to the Arch of Titus is also gone. and the triangle now shows where the Vestal Virgins had their house and temple. The Temple of the Vestals will be partly rebuilt by Mrs Mussolini to honour Roman women. Mussolini with his ideology of linking his regime to Imperial Rome created without realizing it the most visited tourist site in all Rome for us to enjoy today.

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