Ancient and Abandoned

Where’s My Backpack’s theme this week is Ancient and WordPress’s challenge theme is Abandoned. What better way to combine them into one post than to feature some photos from Rome!

Yes, it’s the Colosseum but it’s a different view than you  usually see. This is the “hypogeum”, the tunnels and rooms that were below the floor of the stadium where they would keep the props, the animals, and the gladiators (and probably the slaves they set up against the lions!). There’s a photo from above and a photo from the ground level in the hypogeum. You can book a tour in the Colosseum  now that will take you down there though it’s not open to the general public to just wander about. There are loose stones and areas where it isn’t safe to go.

Colosseum hypogeum from above

The Colosseum hypogeum from ground level


Circus Maximus


Palatine Hill


Trajan’s Markets


A corner of the Roman Forum


Rome’s own pyramid

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17 thoughts on “Ancient and Abandoned

  1. bpmarcus says:

    Really Beautiful!
    As an art history student on my summer study pilgrimage to Rome, now 20 years ago :-(, when the modern city became too overwhelming I spent many days retreating to the forum seeking peace and solace.

    • Tvor says:

      That’s one nice thing about Rome. In spite of the tourist overload and the frantic traffic, there are still quiet spots you can find.

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