St. Peter's Basilica

>> Tuesday, January 20, 2009

St. Peter's Basilica is the next place I visited in Rome.

The Basilica of Sain Peter is officially known here in Italy as the Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano and it is commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica (in English). The Basilica is located within the Vatican City and it occupies a "unique position" as one of the holiest sites. It is consider also as " the greatest of all churches of Christendom".

In Catholic Tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to Tradition, was the first Bishop of Antioch, and later first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. While St. Peter's is the most famous of Rome's many churches, it is not the first in rank, an honor held by the Pope's cathedral church, the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

The Basilica of St. Peter is one of four major basilicas of Rome, the others being the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Paul outside the Walls. It is the most prominent building inside the Vatican City. Its dome is a dominant feature of the skyline of Rome. Probably the largest church in Christianity, it covers an area of 2.3 hectares (5.7 acres) and has a capacity of over 60,000 people.



Italy is a beautiful country. It is a place of olive oil, pasta, wine, mafia and sunshine, roman ruins and renaissance palaces. Italy has a lot to give to its tourists. It has a lot of amazing and interesting sceneries. This is one of the country that I dreamed to visit. And I'm lucky because my wish was been granted when I married the man of my life.

Right now, I've visited some places in Rome already. But since, I didn't saw all of the beautiful attractions in Rome, I'm planning to go back there someday.

Colosseum is the first place that I visited.

The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome. It is the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

It's construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

Originally capable of seating around 80,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
It has been estimated that about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Colosseum games.

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined due to damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and its breakthrough achievements in earthquake engineering. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torch lit "Way of the Cross" procession to the amphitheater.

The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.


My New Travel Blog

>> Monday, January 19, 2009

I've been inspired with the result of my first blog My Life's Journey In Italy, that's the reason why I created again a new blog. In this blog I will going to tell some facts about the places I've been and the places that I'm dreaming to visit someday.I hope that with this new blog, you will still going to support me.