Today we took a walk through ancient Rome as we visited the Colosseum (actually called the Flavian Amphitheater) and other sites.
Back in the day, the Colosseum was faced with marble. Over the centuries, materials from this amphitheater have been used to build churches in Rome.
It was amazing to step inside the Colosseum—it could seat 50,000 people!
Below, you can view into the Forum, a place of business, worship and networking.
On our way to visit St. Peter in Chains, we got to experience Roman traffic! Streets were blocked off for some unexpected New Year’s festivities and we sat in gridlock. Our local guide Ioanna led us off the bus, across the street (where nothing was moving anyway), up some stairs and there we were right in front of our destination.
The highlight of this church is Michelangelo’s statue of Moses, capturing the moment when he comes down from Mt. Sinai and sees his people worshipping the golden calf. The artist captures the emotions of sadness, frustration and disbelief, and you can see the expression change as you walk from one side to another. The pose is still, but full of power and tension.
We also got to visit San Giovanni in Laterano, the first Christian church in the city of Rome, where Christians could worship openly without fear of reprisal. This is an incredible place!
What’s your favorite part of ancient Rome? Tell us in the comments!