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Published: April 18th 2018
Cat in Largo di Torre Argentina
Largo di Torre Argentina is an old Roman ruin. This sight could be very similar to the many other Roman ruins in Rome if it wasn't for the cats. In one end of the site there is a cat sanctuary. They take care of cats and give them a home.
A Roman ruin with cats, a church with a large dome, a church with a fake dome and more
Sometimes we make short trips, often not longer than over a weekend, to major cities in Europe. We have made trips to Paris, London and Berlin for instance. This March we decided to visit Rome in Italy.
There is so much worth seeing in Rome that there is no way you can see more than a tiny fraction of it in a weekend like the one we had. We decided to have a "go" at some famous sites that are easily accessible and on top of that see a few less famous sites that for one reason or another appeal to us. Largo di Torre Argentina
This attraction is an old Roman ruin. This sight could be very similar to the many other Roman ruins in Rome if it wasn't for the cats. In one end of the site there is a cat sanctuary. They take care of abandoned and/or injured cats and give them a home. The home, in this case, is the ruins and they happily roam around there. The
Largo di Torre Argentina
Largo di Torre Argentina is an old Roman ruin. If you are a ruin buff there are many better ones in Rome
cats roam in a Roman ruin in Rome. That sounds a bit funny... Colosseum
Another impressive Roman ruin is the stadium Colosseum
. We believe that every other stadium in the world secretly wish it was Colosseum. So you think stadia neither have brains or soul and can't think or feel? Then you should travel to Rome and visit Colosseum because it sure has a soul and if Colosseum can have a soul then other stadia can too. Pantheon
Pantheon in Rome can easily be mistaken for Parthenon in Athens, which is a very famous temple ruin, or Panthéon in Paris, which is a mausoleum. Pantheon in Rome
was built almost 1,900 years ago and that probably makes it the oldest building in Rome. There are structures in Rome that are older, Colosseum being one for instance, but they are all better described as ruins. Pantheon is a perfectly good building pretty much serving the same purpose as it used to when it was built.
Pantheon used to be a Roman temple but was later turned into a church. The interior of Pantheon is one cavernous room which is circular in shape and
Cat in Largo di Torre Argentina
The cat sanctuary give abandoned and/or injured cats a home. In this case, the ruins is their home. The cats happily roam in a Roman ruin in Rome. That sounds a bit funny...
is covered by a large dome. The dome is said to be the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. It is impressive that Pantheon still is in such good shape after almost two millennia. The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
There are so many churches in Rome that visiting them all would be a pretty large undertaking. There are churches where you can see priceless art and great splendour. But the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola
is not particularly known for that, although the decorations are of great quality. The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola is known for its "dome". When they built the church they wanted to add a dome to it but they didn't have enough money. Instead where they wanted the dome they had a painting made which creates an optical illusion of there being a dome when there actually isn't one. So the church actually has a fake dome. Circus Maximus Circus Maximus
was a racetrack some 2,000 years ago. When it was used for events as many as 150,000 spectators could watch at the same time. Today you need a lot of imagination to picture what it might have
Another impressive Roman ruin is the stadium Colosseum.
looked like then. Spanish steps
If you make a list of "20 Steps you have to see before you die" the Spanish steps
in Rome would be on it. They are very famous, it is extremely crowded there and we took only a few compulsory photos and then we fled the area. Altare della Patria or Victor Emmanuel II Monument Altare della Patria
is a monument which is so large that the first time you see it up close you hardly believe what you see. St Peter's Basilica
Strictly not in Rome but located in the Vatican State. St Peter's Basilica
is one of the largest churches in the world. To be honest we didn't really visit it. We were jogging one morning and decided to make it a stop on the way. We went in took a photo and left again. Catacombs of Rome
We took a tour of one of the Catacombs of Rome
. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take any photos on those tours so we can't show you what it is like. We can assure you that they were well worth visiting though.
We believe that every other stadium in the world secretly wish it was Colosseum.
As you see we managed to see quite a few things in less than two days. And this wasn't all. We did actually see a little bit more. We'll tell you more about that in our next blog entry.
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