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This is a partial preview of the book Rome – a photographic tour. It is a captivating travel photography book dedicated to Rome, Italy, a city with a soul and a unique history. Rome`s history, landmarks, architecture and colors are portrayed in appealing photos. With more than 120 high-resolution photographs, including double-page spreads, it gives the reader an incredible visual tour of the amazing "eternal city", together with a brief description of the landmarks featured in the book. The book can be bought from www.amazon.com.A flip-book version of this preview can be seen here: http://issuu.com/alexandruciobanu3/docs/rome_-_a_photographic_tour_-_previe

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  • Copyright 2015 by Alexandru Ciobanu

    All rights reserved.

    This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express

    written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.

    Although every precaution has been taken to verify the accuracy of the information contained herein, the author

    and publisher assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions. No liability is assumed for damages that may

    result from the use of information contained within.

    Printed by Amazon

    First Printing, 2015

    ISBN-13: 978-1511870825

    ISBN-10: 1511870826

    A collection by Alexandru CiobanuLausanne, Switzerland

    http://ciobanupublishing.wix.com/books

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  • ALEXANDRU CIOBANU

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    ROMEA PHOTOGRAPHIC TOUR

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    PREFACE

    Rome was the center of the world for centuries. Even today, it still is the heart of the

    Roman Catholic world. Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet, which doesnt

    come as a surprise if one thinks about the richness of the cultural, artistic, and historic

    life of this city.

    The old and the new, history and modernity, go hand in hand on the narrow streets

    and large boulevards of Rome. Architectural wonders flood the visitors eye, and the

    archaeological artifacts of ancient Rome satisfy the search for history. Visitors can relax

    in beautiful squares and find peace of mind in quiet churches where famous painters and

    sculptors worked centuries ago. The traveler can also happily indulge in the delicious

    Italian cuisine in restaurants found all over the place, completing the culinary experience

    with a delightful ice cream near the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi).

    Not many cities around the world are as photogenic as Rome. Photographers, painters,

    and filmmakers have always found this city attractive due to its visual appeal and romantic

    atmosphere. This book gathers an impressive collection of photographs that portray

    beautiful Rome from different perspectives. We hope this visual journey will please both

    the nostalgic tourists returning from their trip and the prospective traveler planning to visit

    the city of Rome.

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    The Trajan markets are part of the Trajan Forum, an ancient architectural complex built between 107 and 113 A.D (photo 10).

    The Column of Trajan (Colonna Traiana) is an impressive monument (42 meters/137.8 feet high) located next to the ancient Basilica Ulpia (photo 11).

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    The details from the Column of Trajan (photo 12) depict scenes from the war between Trajans army and the Dacians, inhabitants of Dacia (present-day Romania).

    The statue of Trajan, the emperor of the Roman Empire between 98 and 117 A.D. (photo 13).

    The Colosseum is within walking distance from the magnificent Piazza Venezia. This is where visitors can see the impressive National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II, also known as Il Vittorino (photo 14).

    Here, one can also admire the Generali Palace (Palazzo Generali) (photo 15).

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    The Column of the Immaculate Conception (Colonna dellImmacolata) was erected in the 19th century (photo 26).

    The column from Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore dates back to 1614 (photo 27). They are both Marian columns, that is religious monuments honouring the Virgin Mary.

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    Crowded day and night (photo 43), Fontana di Trevi is a romantic place, and it is often the chosen scene for marriage proposals.

    Symbols and sculptures beautifully decorate the fountain. In the middle lies the statue of Ocean or Oceanus (photo 44), the god of the river that circled the world, as the ancient Romans believed.

    It is believed that people that throw a coin in the fountain will come back to visit Rome. This is a very popular custom and it is estimated that tourists throw about 3000 euro in the Trevi fountain each day.

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    Inside the church, there is a treasure of artworks designed by famous artists. St. Peters Baldachin (photo 48) is a large bronze sculpture created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini to mark the tomb of Saint Peter, which many believe lies underneath the church.

    Another famous work is La Pieta (photo 49), a Renaissance masterpiece sculpted by Michelangelo Buonarroti between 1498 and 1499.

    The Vatican Gardens (photo 50), where popes have relaxed and meditated since 1279, are open to the public, and they make a nice walk inside the secret city of Vatican.

    Among the buildings and monuments inside the Vatican gardens, a visitor can find the interesting medieval Tower of Saint John (photo 51).

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    The crown jewel of the Vatican Museums is the Sistine Chapel (photo 55).

    Maybe the most well known fresco from the Sistine Chapel is The creation of Adam that illustrates the biblical creation of Adam, the first man, by God (photo 54).

    Among the masterpieces from the Vatican Museums is the ancient sculptural group representing Laocon and his sons. Its believed that the sculpture, depicting the Trojan priest Laocon and his sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus fighting sea serpents, dates from sometime between 27 and 68 B.C. (photo 56).

    At the end of the tour, visitors leaving the Vatican Museums reach the amazing spiral staircase made of two intertwined spirals, one going up and one going down (allowing people to descend without meeting people ascending). Natural light illuminates it through a canopy located above the stairs (photo 57).

    On the highest summit of the Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio), is the Church of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven (Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli al Campidoglio, photo 58).

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    This elegant park is, in fact, rich in beautiful, refreshing fountains (photo 65).

    The Villa Borghese gardens were the property of the Borghese family, and they were vineyards until 1605 when the area became a beautifully decorated park with sculptures (photo 67) and places for relaxation, including a zoo.

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    The churchs exterior is decorated with an amazing 12th century golden mosaic (photo 71), and the inside contains other beautiful mosaics dating from the 13th century.

    One important religious edifice in Trastevere is the Church of Saint Peter (Chiesa di San Petro) in Montorio with its famous circular temple (Il Tempietto, photo 69).

    During the Roman period, defense walls provided protection, and visitors can still see part of them today. Emperors Aurelian and Probus built these Aurelian Walls (Mura aureliane, photo 72) between 271 and 275 A.D.

    The old defense walls contain several monuments and gates. Among the remarkable ones are the Pyramid of Caius Cestius and Porta San Paolo (photo 73).

    Michelangelo designed the Porta Pia gate and finished it in 1565 (photo 74).

    Ostia Antica (photo 75) was the harbor city of the ancient Rome. This site is about 20 minutes from Rome and it is famous for its well-preserved sculptures, ancient architecture, mosaics and bas-reliefs (photos 76-79).

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    One can find here an excellently preserved antique theater from the first century B.C. The theater still hosts public events, especially during summer (photo 80).

    In Ostia Antica there is also a medieval castle, the castle of Julius II (photo 81), finished in 1484. For centuries, it was a papal residence.

    Antique Rome had many public baths called terme. These complexes were facilities for bathing, but at the same time a place where people would gather to socialize. Very famous were the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) and the preserved remains of this complex still exist (photo 82).

    The Baths of Diocletian (Thermae Diocletiani, photo 83) was the largest imperial public bath. Today, some parts of them are incorporated in other buildings, like the church Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri or the National Roman Museum.

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    Inside the Baths of Diocletian there is now a well-known church in Rome: Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (photo 93). The churchs bronze door, created in 2006, has beautiful statues created by the Polish-born sculptor Igor Mitoraj (photo 94).

    One of the most interesting places of worship in Rome is the church of Saint Mary in Cosmedin (Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin). Dating from the 8th century, this church has a medieval crypt, exhibits medieval art and enshrines the relics of Saint Valentine (photo 95).

    The Church of of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (Basilica San Paolo Fuori le Mura) is one of the pilgrimage churches, central to a religious pilgrimage to the city (photo 96). The churchs interior has 80 columns, 5th century mosaics on the triumphal arch, scenes from Saint Pauls life and a gold-coffered ceiling (photo 97).

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    The Palace of Justice (Palazzo di Giusitzia), the seat of the Supreme Court of Cassation, is considered one of the grandest buildings in Romes recent history. It was built between 1888 and 1910, and its architecture has Baroque and late Renaissance influences (photo 100).

    Montecitorio Palace (Palazzo Montecitorio) is an elegant building from the 17th century, now the seat of the Chamber of Deputies. The government redesigned the palace at the beginning of the 20th century, leaving only the facade unchanged (photo 101).

    The Palace of Expositions (Palazzo delle Esposizioni), is an impressive neoclassical building used as an exposition hall and cultural center. Opened in 1883, it now has a cinema, a restaurant, a museum and a library (photo 102).

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    Everywhere a traveler turns, he can find art all around the city, from the stained windows of old buildings to sculptures of angels and saints hidden among narrow streets (photos 110 and 111).

    Tourists can see one of the urban symbols of Rome, the classical motor scooter, at every corner and on every street (photo 112).

    Secret, peaceful corners are waiting for someone to discover them in the labyrinth of the old citys streets (photo 113).

    Street performers entertain the traveler around the city. Theyre often in public squares and around popular areas (photo 114).

    Beautiful windows packed with flowers reflect the citys vivid colors (photo 115).

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    The Colosseum. Alexandru C. Ciobanu - photo 1, pages 6-7

    Arch of Constantine. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 2, page 7

    Detail from the Colosseum. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 3, page 8

    View on road to Coliseum. Vvoevale, Dreamstime photo 4, page 8

    The Roman Forum. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 5, page 9

    Temple of Saturn. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 6, page 9

    View of details of ancient Rome. BackyardProductions, Bigstockphoto photo 7, page 9

    Arch of Septimius Severus. LianeM, Canstockphoto photo 8, page 9

    The Vestal Virgins. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 9, page 10

    Panoramic view of the Trajan markets. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 10, page 10

    Column of Trajan and Basilica Ulpia. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 11, page 11

    Detail from the Column of Trajan. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 12, page 12

    Emperor Trajan. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 13, page 12

    Il Vittorino. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 14, page 12

    Palazzo Generali. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 15, page 13

    Piazza Venezia. Membio, Canstockphoto photo 16, page 13

    Castel Santangelo in Rome. Italy, Demarfa Fotolia photo 17, page 14

    Vista Del Tevere E Ponte SantAngelo. eZeePics Studio, Fotolia photo 18, page 14

    Angel at SantAngelo. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 19, page 15

    Collage of Angel statues. alessandro0770, Canstockphoto photo 19, page 15

    Ponte Sisto bridge, Rome, Italy. Javarman, Canstockphoto photo 21, page 16

    Island in Rome, on the Tiber river. Revolvers, Fotolia photo 22, page 16

    Milvio bridge in Rome. Alessandro0770, Canstockphoto photo 23, page 16

    Padlocks on Milvio Bridge Bepsimage. Canstockphoto photo 24, page 16

    Marco Aurelio Column, Rome, Italy. MasterLu, Bigstockphoto photo 25, page 17

    Colonna dellImmacolata in Rome, Italy. Ihsan Gercelman, Dreamstime photo 26, page 17

    Virgin Marry column from Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 27, page 17

    Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy. Iakov Kalinin, Bigstockphoto photo 28, pages 18-19

    Piazza Navona, Rome. Lucian Milasan, Bigstockphoto photo 29, page 20

    Greengrocer. Konstantinos Papaioannou, Dreamstime photo 30, page 21

    Square in Rome. Grekov, Bigstockphoto photo 31, page 21

    The Pantheon. Phant, Fotolia photo 32, pages 22-23

    Inside the Pantheon, Rome, Italy. Scaliger, Fotolia photo 33, page 24

    Fontana del Pantheon. Alexandru C. Ciobanu photo 34, page 24

    Fountain of Pantheon, Rome, Italy. Rglinsky, Canstockphoto photo 35, page 24

    Roma, piazza della Minerva e elefantino del Bernini. Lamio, Fotolia photo 36, page 25

    Spanish Steps at dusk, Rome. Sborisov, Canstockphoto photo 37, pages 26-27

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