How 11 Famous Ancient Roman Buildings Looked When They Were Built Vs Today
Rome is a world-famous city with a population of 2.8 million people and with over 3000 years of history. It is home to the Catholic Church and the Pope who lives in the Vatican City. Rome is filled with rich history and culture and has influenced many other countries and lives.
After the Roman Kingdom was overthrown began the Republican era and this new Roman Republic began to conquer all the people around it. Now the city is filled with beautiful ruins that show us what the past used to look like. Today, we’re taking a look at some historical and famous Roman buildings from the time they were built to today.
1Stadium of Domitian
This stadium was commissioned by the Emperor Titus Flavius Domitianus somewhere in 80 AD. This was made as a gift for the people of Rome by the Emperor. It was used for athletic contests that the people found really interesting and entertaining. In 217 AD the stadium suffered fire damage and now Piazza Navona stands where the stadium once stood.
This Latin name translates to ‘greatest or largest circus’. It was a mass entertainment venue that held chariot-racing and other events in Rome, Italy. It was and still is situated in a valley between the Palatine Hills and Aventine. It was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome at 621meters or 2,037 feet in length.
3A place for entertainment
Circus Maximus was the best place for entertainment for the people where public games were held as well as various Roman religious festivals were celebrated. It was the largest stadium in ancient Rome and could easily hold over 150,000 spectators. Now the place is a beautiful park that still looks quite impressive.
This rectangular plaza was once surrounded by buildings such as Tabularium, Gemonian stairs, Tarpeian Rock, Temple of Saturn, Temple of Vespasian, etc. This was in the center of the city of Rome. For more than a century the place was the center of day-to-day life. Public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches were all held here.
5Temple Of Saturn
This temple was built for the god Saturn and still stands at the foot of the Capitoline Hill which is located at the western end of the Roman Forum. It was built in 497 BC by the orders of the King of Rome who at the time was Tarquinius Superbus. The structure also faced many natural disasters and had to be rebuilt several times.