Italy Throughout the Years: Architecture Edition

In this gallery, Brooklyn Brown travels back in time to Rome, Italy and looks at the change in building types from 1634 to 1860 without leaving the United States. For some of the images, the description includes what the building reminds her of. Note that some of the pictures shown here are ruins of buildings, and the still-standing buildings will become ruins in the years to come as well. 

The first piece of art in this gallery shows how Romans viewed the remains of the Temple of Venus. This fits the architecture theme because this used to be a temple in Rome, and this also fits the ruins theme.
An important building in Rome, the Arch of Constantine "is depicted from the north-east, seen against the Palatine Hill as it is bathed in the sunlight of the rising sun", according to the details of this image. The Arch reminds me of the entrance into a large church building.
About a century later appeared the remains of the Forum of Rome. The Forum, "the centre of public life, commerce and religious worship in ancient Rome", became "the ‘Campo Vaccino’", or cow field, according to the details. This also fits the ruins theme.
The Castel Sant'Angelo of Rome was viewed by the Roman people as an important building and aspect of Rome. This building reminds me of the Colisee in my hometown, Lewiston, where many hockey games take place.
The Villa Medici of Rome sat atop a hill, giving this building the ability to overlook the rest of Rome. This reminds me of an old, abandoned prison next to a waterfall when crossing a bridge from Lewiston to Auburn.
The Fire of Rome "portrays more than a historical event. It depicts the confrontation between two forces beyond human scale: the power of history and the power of the natural element", according to the details. A large fire like this one makes me think that although buildings burnt down, there is an opportunity that new and improved buildings could rise from those ashes.
The Claudian Aquaduct was used to channel water around Rome. As shown here, it appears to not have been used in quite some time. This fits with the ruins theme in that it is no longer used or needed.
The statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Campidoglio and Trajan's Column is depicted in the same composition. These are two important pieces of architecture to Rome. This building, especially the roof, reminds me of the United States capitol.
A long distance view of the Church of S. Sabina and the Pyramid of Cestius in Rome. The church is much larger than the pyramid, as seen in the photo. This image makes me wonder how the building could be larger than a pyramid when pyramids are large to begin with.
"Prominent Christian symbols standing in the midst of pagan Rome's most celebrated structure provide an unmistakable affirmation of the triumph of Christianity over the Roman state", according to the details. The Colosseum played a huge part of Roman history. People would gather in large numbers to watch chariot racing and other activities. Fitting the ruins theme, I would like to visit here one day.
About 156 years before present day Rome, this is the last photo of the gallery. Here one can see part of Rome as a whole rather than focus on one section. Some building ruins remain, which fits the ruins theme. This reminds me of the amphitheater on campus near Abbott Park, where there used to be seating.
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