Al Ponte Del Papa
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... for the rest of the day but I had always wanted to see the inside of the Pantheon. That's the church with the Oculus for all my Assassin's Creed followers. It was an amazing structure. The Oculus is a circular hole in the ceiling of the Pantheon. Originally designed to allow the souls of large animals to pass through to the gods when they were sacrificed when the Pantheon was a Helenistic temple, it now lights the oldest church in Rome from above. No, there aren't any handholds. ...
... evidence of where the place was burnt down after a fire. During the 16th century the Palazzo was built and as commonly done in Renaissance-era Rome, 16th-century builders filled in the ancient structures with landfill, using them as foundations for The Palazzo.
On my way here I called in at the Trevi Fountain to throw in a coin. It is huge. Very impressive. I ...
... and the third and final was in belief that you would find ones true love.
Our Third and final stop was the popular city of VENICE. This city was originally built on wooden stilts as an escape mechanism from the barbarians, and over time became a popular carless and busless attraction. With only one road in and out of venice, the main transportaion for its occupants is on sea. Today the city has unever ground and ...
... by lion"! There were gates, walls, churches, temples and a heap of administrative buildings.....pretty much covered off the political, religious and judicial stuff!
Two to three hours later we emerged, the sun was still our friend so we decided to walk all the way up the River Tiber to Vatican City....maybe the Pope would be out walking his dog! Of course you all know about Romulus and Remus, two little babies who drifted up the Tiber in ...
... this time. Considering the sorry state of so much of ancient Rome’s residue, the tenacity of this dome-topped temple is nothing short of remarkable.
• Michelangelo’s soaring dome that tops St. Peter’s basilica dominates the Roman skyline, although since Mussolini’s time, the church has resided not in Rome (or even in Italy), but in Vatican City. We made our way there with full plans to enter the church, but the ...