Thursday, 24 November 2011

The Forum Romanum or what is left of the temples from the 2nd century.

The Forum Romanum and the Palatino, can be visited with the same ticket as the Colosseum. These are the ruins of the oldest part of Rome. The most impressive ancient remains of the early period of the Roman Empire are the Arch of Titus, the Arch of Septimius Severus, and the Rostra collumns. The remains of the temples of Julius Caesar, Romulus and Saturnus were less visible for us. What has touched us the most was the Arch of Titus, it was erected to celebrate the victory over the Jews and the destruction of the Temple of David in Jeruzalem. This gave us a very strange feeling because two weeks earlier we stood at the Wailing Wall in Jeruzalem where the Jews worship the place where the Temple of David stood. A physical confrontation with a war of almost 2.000 years ago.

Het Forum Romanum en de Palatino kan je bezoeken met hetzelfde inkomticket als voor het Colosseum. Dit zijn de overblijfselen van het oudste deel van Rome. De meest indrukwekkende antieke monumenten uit de vroege periode van het Romeinse Rijk zijn de Boog van Titus, de Boog avn Septimius Severus en de Rostra zuilen. De overblijfselen van de tempels van Julius Caesar, Romulus en Saturnus waren minder zichtbaar voor ons. Wat ons het meest heeft geraakt was de Boog van Titus, die werd opgetrokken ter ere van de overwinning op de Joden in Jeruzalem en de vernietiging van de Tempel van David. Dit gaf ons een wrang gevoel daar we twee weken daarvoor nog aan de Klaagmuur stonden waar de Joden iedere dag bidden naar de plaats waar de tempel stond. Een fysieke confrontatie met de realiteit van een oorlog die bijna 2.000 jaar geleden plaats vond.

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11 comments:

  1. Rome must have been a stunning place in the days of its glory. It's still amazing to look at 2000 years later.

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  2. Filip: You captured the ruins beautifully, thanks for sharing part of your trip with us.

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  3. Amazingly old buildings it must be awe inspiring. I can understand your unease being on both sides of a war 2000 years ago. Wouldn't you think Man would have worked out a more civilised way to solve problems by now, but no, there are still wars going on today 2000 years later. Will we ever change?????

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  4. Wonderful photos from the architecture. And you are always on the sunny side in the world. ;-)

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  5. Your photos are incredible. Look at the details you captured! AWESOME!

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  6. Oh WOW Filip!!! My husband and I were at the Roman Forum last September!! It is thoroughly amazing, isn't it??
    Great post - I have some great photos and wonderful memories!!!

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  7. Your shots are very similar to mine. Hard to imagine how many pictures must have been taken here. I bet there is not an original one left! :)

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  8. They are ruins, and they are history.

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  9. @ diane b - Probably the world will not change.

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  10. @ Liz - Indeed the Forum Romanum is really amazing. I love visiting such places.

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