How Ancient Roman Structures Looked In The Past Versus Today.
It goes without saying that time has a way of taking its toll on everything in existence. Humans watch as their bodies and minds wither away from old age, and buildings crumble to the ground from years of wear and tear. To this day, adventurers from all over the world flock to Rome, Italy to get a taste of ancient times. Unfortunately, the buildings are mere skeletons of what they used to be, but tourists are still able to feel the energy from the city's golden age.
Once believed to be the largest temple of ancient Rome, the Temple of Venus and Roma is located right next to the Colosseum.
The temple, which was built in 135 AD, was dedicated to the goddesses Venus Felix and Rome Aeterna, also known as “Venus the Bringer of Good Fortune” and “Roma Aeterna.” An earthquake destroyed the temple in the 9th century, but Pope Leo IV ordered a church to be built in its place.
While Tarquinius Superbus was the King of Rome, he made sure that the Temple of Saturn was erected as a dedication to the god Saturn in the year 497 BC.
Unfortunately, the Temple of Saturn suffered from several disasters, including a massive fire, and it was destroyed and rebuilt. Located on one of the preserved pediments, reads the words: "The Senate and People of Rome restored [the temple] consumed by fire."
Used for drama performances, the Theatre of Marcellus was built in 13 BC.
Even though it’s been a victim of use and time, there are several sections of the Theatre that are still standing today. Sadly, there isn’t much left of the temples that were dedicated to the Roman gods Apollo and Bellona. Even though it was rebuilt throughout the years, there are only 3 columns of Apollo's temple that are still standing.
The Tabularium was once the official records office of ancient Rome and the office building for city officials.
Providing a breathtaking view of the Roman Forum, officials were able to complete their work in a peaceful atmosphere. Despite the fact that it was built in 78 BC, the great corridor is still beautifully preserved.
Dubbed one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007, the Colosseum, is approximately 2000 years old.
In its glory days, the amphitheater could hold up to 80,000 spectators, and the townspeople were surely dying to attend. The Colosseum was once the entertainment hub of the community, hosting animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of past battles, gladiatorial contests, and mythology-based dramas. The Colosseum is now one of the most popular places in Rome for tourists to visit, even though it has been severely damaged throughout the years by earthquakes and stone-robbers.
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