Nowadays the floor does not exist, which makes the catacombs clearly visible. It was there that gladiators and animals were waiting for their fights. The wooden floor was covered with a layer of sand, chosen to absorb the blood of the sportsmen. Even to modern standards, the stadium could hold a huge audience (some 70 000). While walking around on the centre stage, it is inevitable to fantasize about the fights held here, imagining the audience and the cheers, and wondering about the human…

Nowadays the floor does not exist, which makes the catacombs clearly visible. It was there that gladiators and animals were waiting for their fights. The wooden floor was covered with a layer of sand, chosen to absorb the blood of the sportsmen. Even to modern standards, the stadium could hold a huge audience (some 70 000). While walking around on the centre stage, it is inevitable to fantasize about the fights held here, imagining the audience and the cheers, and wondering about the human…

Today's Pantheon, the oldest large public building in use in the world, is the work of Hadrian (76 - 117 - 138 (62)), who rebuilt a 27BC south facaded structure erected by Augustus' contemporary and latterly son-in-law Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa ("M.Agrippa" - now that's a power name if ever there was one - that's him on the left in the Louvre Museum).  Hadrian, the great builder Emperor,  was nice enough to have Agrippa's name put on the new north facing facade.

Today's Pantheon, the oldest large public building in use in the world, is the work of Hadrian (76 - 117 - 138 (62)), who rebuilt a 27BC south facaded structure erected by Augustus' contemporary and latterly son-in-law Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa ("M.Agrippa" - now that's a power name if ever there was one - that's him on the left in the Louvre Museum). Hadrian, the great builder Emperor, was nice enough to have Agrippa's name put on the new north facing facade.

It is so sad to see such beautiful space go to rack and ruin. This old mill is in Sorrento, Italy.

It is so sad to see such beautiful space go to rack and ruin. This old mill is in Sorrento, Italy.

Weinberg, Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Somewhere I have to see before I die.

Weinberg, Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Somewhere I have to see before I die.

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