vendredi 11 janvier 2013

Rome II

The Doria Pamphilj Palace's court

Somebody apparently had an urgent need to make a calculation but didn't have paper

Drunk for breakfast yey

Canopus (part of the Villa Adriana)

Swedish caryatid

These carnivorous turtles were staring all the time


The Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) is situated in Tivoli, which is about one hour from Rome with buss. But I really recommend it, especially for the Canopus, that I found marvelous.
Also the villa complex (residence + theatre + therms + gardens etc) was constructed under the commission of the emperor Adrianus for his own use, which means the whole site got built within a very short lapse of time. And that is quite prodigious considering that Middle Ages cathedrals took centuries to build.
But yeah I don't know how many people were involved in the construction; since they had slaves at that time I guess there were much more workers and maybe not as much free time as in the Middle Ages.

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