Monuments of Rome

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rome is full of many monuments. This is great for tourists that are looking for a vacation that has endless sites to see. These monuments tell the history of the area in a way that can't be experienced in a book or through a website. While there are many monuments in this city and it's difficult to see them all in just one trip, you should definitely check out the monuments listed below.

The Colosseum
This is the most famous monument in Rome. It was used in battles that ranged from animals to humans. Emperor Honorius banned these fights and today's it's just a popular tourist attraction. It's gigantic size and unique architecture makes it one of the Seven Wonders Of The World. For those that do plan on visiting here, they should keep in mind that it tends to be very crowded. If you don't want to stand in line for at least an hour trying to get in, you should purchase your tickets online ahead of time.

The Spanish Steps
These steps are known as a place for people to come together. They led up to the French church, Trinita dei Monti. It's become a place for not only tourists, but locals to gather, sit on the steps and just enjoy talking to one another. In particular the spring is a great time to visit as the azaleas flowers are in full bloom. In total there are 138 steps to climb. At the bottom of the steps is the Spanish Square called the Piazza di Spagna that has a variety of shops and cafes.

The Pantheon
First built in 27 BC, the Pantheon was destroyed in 80 AD because of a fire. Construction started in 118 AD to rebuild it and it took about 7 years. Despite the age of this building, it's still in very good shape. It consists of a dome, porch and 20 columns. Itâ??s original purpose was as a sanctuary for pagan gods. Today millions of tourists visit it each year.

Circus Maximus
Originally a chariot race course, the Circus Maximus was built in the 6th Century BC. It is made out of stone and marble and 7 bronze dolphins were added to the spine of the starting gates so that racers could keep track of the laps. The race course has been the victim of several fires, but Emperor Trajan ordered its restoration after the third one. The last race was held in 549 AD and the track is now covered in grass and much of the structure was removed, including the stands and the obelisks that have been used for other projects in Rome.

Pyramid Of Cestius
Pyramids aren't just found in Egypt, you can even find one right in Rome. Built in 12BC, Pyramid of Cestius was constructed so that it could be used as the tomb for Gaius Cestius. It took less than 330 days for it to be built and it's made out of bricks and a travertine foundation. The outside has marble slabs and the top looks a lot more pointed than pyramids you will find in Egypt.

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