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Trajan's Forum and Column
It will repay us to give that Column of Trajan our undivided attention and even our closest study, for, when we look upon it, we have the satisfaction of knowing that in all the world there does not exist a column of its kind that rivals it.
The gallery of the Palace of Prince Colonna
Truly this is a grand hall, adorned as it is with mirrors and statuary, painted with brilliant frescoes and portraits by the great masters and paved with the finest marble. At night, when the crystal candelabra are all ablaze, mirrors, marbles and frescoes render the gallery a scene of dazzling splendor.
Chamber in the Cappuccini Catacombs
In this Church of the Cappuccini is a famous painting by Guido Reni, The Archangel Michael trampling upon the Devil. The Devil is said to be a portrait of Pope Innocent X, whom the painter disliked exceedingly. The private preacher and confessor to the Pope has always been a Capuchin monk.
Michelangelo's Moses
It is said that Michelangelo created a new world of art, a colossal planet in which his Moses was high priest. Certainly in his daring energy, he produced stupendous results, which those who followed him could never imitate without becoming ridiculous or grotesque.
Gate of St. Paul and Pyramid of Gaius Cestius
We are outside the ancient city now looking up to its southern wall. There is the Pyramid of Cestius on our left with the St. Paul Gate farther away to the right. The Gate of St. Paul, originally the Porta Ostiensis in the Aurelian Wall, was rebuilt by Belisarius.
The splendid altar of St. Paul's
The grand triumphal arch, resting on the two superb Ionic pillars, just beyond and above the altar - the left-hand one we can see plainly - belongs to the old basilica, erected in 386. We catch enough of the fine sweep of the arch to note the beautiful carving which covers it.
the ancient cloisters of St. Paul's
A monastery has always been connected with the church, but here, as in many of the fairest paradises of the tropics, miasma lurks with its deadly poison and, on this account, but few monks are attached to the place.
Gate of St. Sebastian
Turning away from this entrance, which admitted into Rome all the vast throng that came over the Appian Way through so many centuries, we shall take our stand next on this road about one mile from here.
Along the Appian Way
The street-cleaning brigade has evidently been doing good service here, as is shown by the heaps of dirt ranged along the side of the roadway. In 1871, the first year of Victor Emmanuel's reign, seventy-two thousand dollars were expended by the city in street cleaning.
Venerable tombs and young Italian life
The memories that throng upon an intelligent student of Roman history, in a spot like this, are almost inexhaustible. He calls to mind that, on both sides of this great highway, were reared magnificent palaces, and beside each palace was constructed a tomb, and because the hard, practical instinct of the Roman told him he should need it longer, the tomb was always built more massive and enduring than the palace.
Aqueduct of Claudius
This gigantic highway for conducting water into the city was built by the Emperor Claudius, the water coming from the neighborhood of Subiaco, over thirty miles distant. The arches were made lofty in order to carry the water to the Palatine Hill, for the water brought in this aqueduct was used in the palaces of the Emperor.
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