Saturday, May 29, 2010


I'm not sure why, but I love arches, especially old ones. There is something elegant and at the same time reassuring about them.

These arches are along the Clivo di Scauro, an ancient Roman street between Palantine and Celio hills. Not too far away are the famous landmarks many associate with ancient Rome: The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Arch of Constantine.

These arches buttress the walls of SS. Giovanni e Paolo, a basilica dating to the 4th Century and dedicated to the memory of two Roman soldiers who were martyred. St. Paul of the Cross is buried here.

The arches, I believe, were added in medieval times, except for the biggest one, which is older (and which I cut off while photographing!)

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