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Top Attractions in Rome

The Pantheon

Top attractions in RomeThe Pantheon, an age-old building in the city of Rome, is one of the world’s best architectural wonders. An essential stop for the tourists in Rome, this massive structure offers breathtaking glimpses of 16 Corinthian columns in its interior. Each of the columns was cut out of a single giant stone. The Pantheon was built as a place of worship for the Roman people, by Emperor Hadrian in 125 AD. This architectural beauty of Rome is one of the finest specimens of Roman design and engineering. The major attraction of this two millennia old building is the dome. The Pantheon is famous as the burial place for Italina kings Umberto I and Victor Emmanuel II, and Raphael a legendary Renaissance artist as well.

St Peter’s Square

Top attractions in RomeA tour of Rome is incomplete without a visit to St Peter’s Square where the Vatican residence of Pope Benedict XVI is located. The Vatican residence, one of the marvels for tourists in Rome, is home to the reptertoirs of Michelangelo a Renaissance legend and Bernini a Roman Baroque art expert. St Peter’s Square is a hub of artistic treasures of all kinds: paintings, monuments and artefacts. Among the things to behold with surprise is the 25-meter high Obelisk, set in the center of St Peter’s Square. Brought by Emperor Caligula to the capital city of Italy from Egypt, the Obelisk acts as a sundial. The Colonnade, a most stunning specimen of Bernini’s unmatched genius, forms the royal entrance to St Peter’s Square. 340 meters in width, the Colonnade has a balustrade that is topped by as many as 140 statues of various saints. The Facade, a hugely impressive Roman architecture, welcomes the visitors to St Peter’s Square. Having a dimension of 45 meters in height and 114 meters in length, the Facade is supported by eight mammoth columns, which are 27 meters in height and 3 meters in diameter. The balcony from where the Pope gives his blessings on Easter and Christmas dominates the center of the Facade. With two 8-meter statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the entrance to the grand staircase is simply marvellous.

St Peter’s Basilica

Top attractions in RomeOne of the mindblowing tourist attractions in the Vatican City in Rome. St Peter’s Basilica the largest Christian church sprawls over a large area and provides a huge space with seats for over 60,000 people. The dome of the Basilica can be seen in several different places across the city of Rome. The tombs of many popes and saints including the tomb of St Peter, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus’ are there under the floor of the Basilica. The sculpture of La Pietà by Michelangelo is among the precious artworks that the Basilica treasures.

The Vatican Museum

Top attractions in RomeThe Vatican Museum stores the historical, artistic, archeological and sculptural treasures of Rome. The history of the museum dates back to the golden age when the Italian Renaissance was in full swing. A visit to the Vatican Museum is a ride on the time machine back to the glorious times of geniuses like Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Masaccio, Signorelli, Perugino and Botticelli. Today these museums boast of one of the most outstanding collections of paintings, artifacts, antiquities and sculptures in the world. Each of the popes enriched the treasure of the Vatican Museum by adding to the collections, which are a fascination for the historians, sculptors, architects and artists across the globe.

The Sistine Chapel

Top attractions in RomeThe Sistine Chapel, the most beautiful part of the Vatical Museum, homes the Creation of Adam, an overwhelming wonder by Michelangelo. The ceiling of the Chapel is a perfect embodiment of artistic excellence. Built by Pope Sixtus IV between 1473 and 1481, the Sistine Chapel preserves the world’s best frescos and paintings. In 1508, Michelangelo was commissioned to fresco the Chapel’s ceiling that is over 10,000 square feet. Over 20 years later, the Farnese Pope Paul III commissioned Michelangelo to enhance the Chapel’s decoratio by beautifying the wall near the altar with a lifelike painting of the ‘Last Judgement’. The task had taken him four years. A pride of Rome, the Sistine Chapel is one of the greatest artworks dating back to the Renaissance.

The Colosseum

Top attractions in RomeThe collage of Rome is dull without a picture of the Colosseum, one of the most famous historical buildings in the world. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the building received its name ‘Colosseum’ from Colossus, a giant statue. Gladiatorial shows of violence and death were held at the Colosseum which was spacious enough to accommodate a crowd of 50,000 spectators. Later popes robbed the structure of its marbels which were used elsewhere. An earthquake damaged it further. Located at the foot of Via dei Fori Imperiali of Mussolini, the Colosseum is near Colosseo Metro Station. Next to it are the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. The Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla are a short walk away from the Colosseum.

The Trevi Fountain

Top attractions in RomeAn overpowering spectacle drawing a milling crowd of visitors to Rome. No visit to the Trevi Fountain is a great miss. This is a massive water feature in a tiny square. An eyeful view of the fountain is an unforgettable experience. An embodiment of Rome’s extravagance and opulence, the Trevi Fountain takes the visitors aback with its thundering sound. Palazzo Poli forms the backdrop of the fountain. A sculpture of Neptune attended by tritons as well as marine horses dominates the center of the fountain.

Museo della Civiltà Roman

Top attractions in RomeThis is the Museum of Roman Civilisation. Projected by Mussolini, the Museo della Civiltà Roman portrays the history of Rome: from a host of huts on the seven hills to a large city palaces and temples. Models and replicas of the monyments of differnet times, on the display, convey the story of Rome’s evolution. The replicas arranged in a chronological order give a more eloquent account of the city’s development than the existing ruins and remains. The spectacular exhibition at the Museo della Civiltà Roman is a visual pleasure.

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