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Big columns. They're everywhere. This is the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina.
The ancient crematorium. Christie took special pictures for her friedns back at RSO.
Caesar was cremated here after being killed on the floor of the Roman Senate.
One of three huge arches that lead from the Coliseum to the Forum and Senate area This is the Arch of Septimius Severus, built in 203 AD to celebrate Severus' victory over the Parthians.
A close-up of the artwork on the arch, telling the story of battles and such.
A better view of the Forum with the arch just to the left.
The original mile marker, really.
2000 year old, original brass doors. This was the House of the Vestal Virgins, more commonly known today as the Temple ov Divus Romulus.
The second arch, about half-way between the Forum and the Colosseum: The Arch of Titus, built in 81 AD to celebrate the triumph of the Emperor for the conquest of Jerusalem.
This photo taken from under the second arch, looking back at the Forum and the first arch (red arrow.)
Here we approach the Colosseum.
The third and largest of the arches, opposite the Colosseum: The Arch of Constantine, built in 315 AD to celebrate the victory of emperor Constantine over Maxentius.
The underground chanbers in the floor of the Colosseum. They used a series of ropes, pulleys & elevators to have animals come up into the arena through trap doors. Truly amazing.
Allie and Steve out on the walkway in the middle of the arena.
The inside of the Colosseum.
Allie and Mommy having a little fun.
Another view of the Colosseum. Amazing that it has stood for 2000 years.
The chains of St. Peter at San Pietro in Vincoli.
A statue of Moses (by Michelangelo) near the chains. Moses was originally destined for the tomb of Julius II, but the tomb was never finished.
Done with our tour, we set out to explore Rome on our own. First stop, Trevi Fountain and a gelati.
The whole gang smiling pretty in front of the fountain.
A wider shot of the fountain. Lots of people everywhere.
The Spanish Steps. We could see that they go up, so there was no need to climb them. Besides, manuevering around all the tourists sitting on them would have given us an unnecessary headache.
Allie and Mommy trying to refill the water bottle at the fountain in front of the Spanish Steps.
The Pantheon, built by Hadrian between 118 and 125 AD to replace the first temple destroyed by fire in 80 AD.
Steve & Allie at the Pantheon.
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