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The Forum Romanum, or Roman Forum, was the center of commercial, religious and political life in ancient Rome. Located between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, it contains many of the oldest ruins in Rome and is considered the most famous meeting place in the world, and in all of history.

Forum Romanum Eastern View
Basilica Aemilia, Portico of Caesars
Curia Julia and Forum View

Plutei of Trajan
Santi Luca e Martina
Arch of Severus

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
Temple of the Divine Augustus
Domus Tiberiana (Palatine Hill)

Temple of Vesta
Temple of Castor and Pollux
House of the Vestals and Thermae

Temple of Romulus Doors
Temple of Venus and Roma
Temple of Venus Genetrix

Temples of Saturn and Vespasian
Temple of Apollo Sosianus
Theater of Marcellus


The Triumphal Arches were built during the Imperial period, all dedicated to Emperors. By the fourth century AD there were 36 Triumphal Arches in Rome, but only three have survived.

Arch of Titus

Arch of Septimius Severus

Scenics: Capitoline side
Detail: Capitoline side
Detail: Northwest panel and frieze
Detail: Winged Victory and Scenic
Detail: Forum side
Detail: Pedestal Sculptures

Arch of Constantine (Scenic, North side)

Detail: Full North face
Scenics: South side
Detail: East Attic and Center

Scenic and Detail: South side
Scenic and Detail: Northwest
Scenic and Detail: Northeast
Detail: Central Arch reliefs


One of the greatest works of Roman architectural engineering, the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheater) is the largest Roman amphitheater ever built. The Colosseum was built to seat over 50,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial combat and public spectacles.

Southwest exterior (original interior wall)
Western edge of original outer wall

Perimeter Arcade (interior)
Roman Concrete

Vaults and Arched Seating Supports
Scenic Interior Colosseum Views

Hypogeum (underground)
Colosseum Displays


This page shows exterior details of Trajan’s Market, parts of Trajan’s Forum, and the Forum of Augustus.

Trajan’s Market panoramic view

Medieval Cellars

Great Hemicycle (Trajan’s Market)

Trajan and Trajan’s Column

Forum of Augustus

Forum of Nerva


The Capitoline Hill overlooks the Forum Romanum and was the site of the Temple of Jupiter, completed by Rome’s last King and dedicated in 509 BC. The name comes from a human skull (Caput) which was found when digging the Temple foundations. Piazza del Campidoglio dominates the hill today, designed in 1536 by the Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarotti, although it took nearly 100 years to complete construction. The smallest of Rome’s hills, the Capitoline Hill has been the religious and political center of Rome since its founding.

Capitoline She-Wolf
Campidoglio Approach and Dioscuri

Castor: Dioscuri (detail)
Trofei di Mario (detail)

Michelangelo Stairs and Sculptures
Minerva as Dea Roma (detail)
Tiber and Nile River Gods (detail)

Cola di Rienzi, Tribune of Rome
Fresco of San Biagio del Mercato


The Palatine Hill overlooks the Forum Romanum and is the site of the palace ruins of the Roman Emperors. The English word Palace and its equivalent in many other languages comes from the name of the Palatine Hill. The Palatine was the site of the first Roman settlement. Legends of Rome place the Lupercal cave on the hill (where the she-wolf found Romulus and Remus, nursed them, and kept them alive). Romulus went on to found Rome.

Via Sacra and the Palatine Hill
Southern and Northern Palaces
Retaining Walls of Tiberius’ Palace

Curiae Veteris
The Farnese Gardens
The Farnese Nymphaeum
Greek Sphinx

Flavian Palace Aula Regia
Stadium of Domitian (Hippodrome)
Flavian Nymphaeum and Cistern
Domus Augustana Views

San Bonaventura al Palatino
Aqua Claudia Aqueduct
Thermae of Severus
Circus Maximus Views


The Pantheon is one of the best preserved of the ancient buildings in Rome. Built by Marcus Agrippa in 27 BC, it was rebuilt twice after fires in 80 and 110 AD. Boasting the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world with a 30 foot oculus open to the sky, the Pantheon was the inspiration for Brunelleschi’s Renaissance dome in Florence, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheons in Paris and London, the US Capitol and Jefferson Memorial in Washington, and numerous other buildings over the centuries. The Pantheon has been called the most influential building in Western European architecture.


Front view (portico and rotunda)
Detail of Replaced Columns
Vestibule Exterior Facing

Portico Columns and Trusses
Agrippa Inscription Details
Night Shots: Facade and Portico

Rotunda: Rear Detail
Basilica of Neptune
Pantheon Nightlife


Coffered Dome and Oculus
Altar and Apse: Wide
St. Agnes and St. Joseph
Umberto I and Raphael’s Tombs
St. Agnes and Umberto I Tomb: Detail shots

Madonna of the Rock, Madonna of the Girdle
Annunciation Chapel: Wide
da Forli Annunciation and Archangel Gabriel
Cozza’s Adoration Cycle
Altar and Apse: Detail (and Ancient Fresco)


This page contains images of ancient architecture and scenery from walks around Rome, including both day and night shots of Castel sant’Angelo, detailed images of the temples of the Sacred Area of Largo Argentina, the Pyramid of Cestius, and three of the ancient Obelisks of Rome.

Castel sant’Angelo
Temple of Hadrian
Nero Aqueduct

Largo di Torre Argentina
Pyramid of Cestius
Obelisks of Rome


The Baths of Caracalla was a monumental public bath complex dedicated in 216 AD. The most imposing complex of the Imperial Roman period, the ruins are enormous.

Caracalla portrait
West Palaestra
Palaestra Floor Mosaics

Atrium and Frigidarium
Natatorium Entrance and Nymphaeum
Apodyterium Vaults
Natatorium (swimming pool)
Octagonal Nymphaeum and Mithraeum


For more than 2000 years, fountains have provided water and decoration to Roman piazzas. This page focuses primarily on the Trevi Fountain, the largest and most spectacular of the Baroque fountains of Rome, but I have also included a few others encountered during walks around the city, along with several images of famous bridges, which seemed to fit here as water is involved.


Fontana delle Naiadi
Quattro Fontane
Rio de la Plata

Trevi Fountain


Isola Tiberina
Ponte Fabricio
Ponte Cestio
Ponte sant’Angelo (Castel sant’Angelo)
Ponte Sisto and St. Peter’s Dome
Ponte sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s


The Assorted Scenery page contains a scenic potpourri including the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (and views from the monument), the Spanish Steps (the widest staircase in Europe), panoramic views of Rome from the Aventine and Janiculum Hills, and a few images from walks around the Eternal City.

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II
Views from the Vittoriano

The Spanish Steps

Sunset Views from the Aventine Hill
Panoramic Views from the Janiculum Hill

Palace of Justice
Ospedale Santo Spirito in Sassia

Assorted Scenery

1938 Fiat 1500
Colosseum Street Mime


St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican is probably the world’s largest church and it is far and away the largest Renaissance building. Built between 1506 and 1626, it stands over the original basilica built on the site of Nero’s Circus by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. The church is approached through St. Peter’s Square, the architectural masterpiece of GianLorenzo Bernini.

St. Peter’s Facade
Bernini’s Colonnade
Pontifical Swiss Guards

Carlo Maderno’s Portico ceiling
Equestrian Statue of Charlemagne

Nuns at St. Peter’s
Details at Dusk
St. Peter’s Sunset Views

St. Peter’s Basilica at Night
Interior Architecture (teasers)


The interior of St. Peter’s Basilica is a vast space filled with sculptures and 10,000 square meters of mosaics. Many of the finest artists are represented in works of art which include Michelangelo’s Pieta, Bernini’s Baldachino and Cathedra,  and Arnolfo di Cambio’s ancient statue of St. Peter.

Cherub, Holy Water Font
Monumental Architecture

Sacristy and St. Andrew
The Pier Sculptures
St. Peter (Arnolfo di Cambio)

Altar Mosaics
Papal Monuments

Bernini’s Baldachino
Solomonic Columns

St. Elijah Statue
Apse and Cathedra
Michelangelo’s Dome

Our Lady of the Column Dome
Michelangelo’s Pieta


The oldest major church in Rome and the mother of all Roman Churches, San Giovanni in Laterano was founded in the early 4th c. (312-313). It is the Cathedral of Rome and first among the four Papal Basilicas. The Popes lived in the Lateran Palace until the early 14th century, when Pope Clement V transferred the Papacy to Avignon, France.

Lateran Obelisk
Portico ceiling and Henry IV
Lancellotti Chapel Stuccos

Lateran Nave and Side Nave
Nave Sculptures (Borromini Niches)
St. John Baptist, Confessio

Apse Mosaics
Medieval Baldachino
Gilded Coffered Ceiling

Altar of the Blessed Sacrament
Monument to Leo XIII
Transept Organ


There are over 25 churches in Rome dedicated to Mary. Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest of the Marian churches, and is a Papal Basilica. Santa Maria in Trastavere is one of the oldest churches in Rome (founded 220 AD), and may be the church where mass was first held openly.

Santa Maria Maggiore

Exterior views
Salus Populi Romani
Pauline Chapel Monuments
Pauline Chapel Dome

13th c. Apse Mosaics
Tomb of Clement IX

Sistine Chapel Ciborium
Sistine Chapel Dome
Sistine Chapel Monuments
The Crypt of the Nativity
Rose Window and Frescoes

Santa Maria in Trastavere

Facade (wide shot)
Facade (detail)

12th c. Campanile Mosaic
12th century Facade Mosaic

Nave and Apse
Coffered Nave ceiling

12th and 13th c. Apse Mosaics

Medieval Narthex Frescoes
1st century Roman Mosaics
Early Christian Art


San Clemente and Santa Sabina retain much of their original character, giving the visitor an insight into how early Catholic churches looked. San Clemente was built over a 4th century church, which was itself built over a 1st century house church. Santa Sabina is an early 5th century basilica that retains its original look, and was a prototype of later Christian basilicas.

San Clemente

Entrance and Artifacts

Schola Cantorum and Apse
12th century Apse Mosaics

St. Clement in Glory Fresco

Left Aisle and Baroque Ceiling

San Clemente Arch Fresco

Santa Sabina

Side Entrance and Narthex
5th century Cypress Door
Nave and Vitruvian Arcade
Triumphal Arch and Apse

Madonna of the Rosary
Cappella d’Elci Dome
Tombs of the Cardinals
Santa Sabina Cloisters
Giardino degli Aranci


The Baroque period (after 1600 in Rome and spreading through Europe) was characterized by exaggerated grandeur, drama, and highly theatrical artwork.

Baroque artists such as Bernini, Borromini, Caravaggio, and Reni created works in a number of churches in Rome. This page shows San Carlo al Corso and San Luigi dei Franchesi.

San Carlo al Corso

Crucifixion Chapel
Ceiling Frescoes
Immaculate Conception Chapel
Blessed Sacrament Chapel

Apse and High Altar
Chapel of St. Olav
Fall of the Rebel Angels
Central Nave

San Luigi dei Francesi

St. Louis IX facade sculpture

Nave and High Altar

Central Nave detail

Apotheosis of St. Louis IX

High Altar detail


This page displays two of the more interesting churches: the first Baroque church (del Gesu) and San Nicola in Carcere, built atop three ancient Roman temples, incorporating the temple ruins into the foundation and walls of the church.

Chiesa del Gesu

Apse and Vault
Transept and Pier

Chapel of St. Ignatius
Adoration of the Trinity
Triumph of the Name of Jesus
Apse and Dome detail

Apse Vault and Dome detail
Apse and Vault at Night
Altars: St. Ignatius and Francis Xavier

San Nicola in Carcere

Archaeological Excavations
Dedication Plaque and Story
Temple of Spes (254 BC)
Temple of Janus (260 BC)
Facade and Nave

Apse and Baldachino
Our Lady of Pompeii, St. Christopher
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Crucifixion Chapel, St. Nicholas
Trinita by Guercino
Temple of Juno (194 BC), Crypt


This page displays exteriors of Nome di Maria and Santa Maria di Loreto at Trajan’s Forum, Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Rome’s only Gothic church), San Pietro in Vincoli (with St. Peter’s Chains and Michelangelo’s Moses), and images of other Roman Baroque church altars and exteriors.

Nome di Maria and Santa Maria di Loreto
Nome di Maria and Trajan’s Column
Twin Domes and Trajan’s Column
Dome Detail: Nome di Maria
Santa Maria di Loreto
Dome Interior: Nome di Maria
High Altar and Icon: Nome di Maria

Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Gothic Apse and High Altar
Maria Raggi and Urban VII
The Tomb of Fra Angelico
Michelangelo Christ the Redeemer

San Pietro in Vincoli
The Chains of St. Peter
Michelangelo’s Moses
The Tomb of Julius II

Santi Luca e Martina

Sant’Agnese in Agone Altar

Santa Maria in Campitelli Altar

Sant’Agostino Altar


Images in this section are in a number of different Galleries on the Photoshelter website.
The Banner below leads to the Rome Collections page where a Gallery can be selected.

There are a number of images in this section that are not yet on the Photoshelter site.
If an image you want is not yet uploaded, contact Ron Reznick (info at bottom of page).


There are 18 Galleries in the Photoshelter Rome Collection