Other Adventures, continued.....
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After the audience with the Pope and wandering aimlessly around the Roman Forum we headed to the Pantheon. It was a hot spring day and we'd been walking the city all day, with hot feet and sweaty brows so the Pantheon was a very welcome sight! The inside of the Pantheon is marble so it's cool to the touch and if you can get a seat on a bench inside you are in for a treat! We were able to snag one as another couple vacated it, and rested our weary feet, even taking our shoes off and putting them on the cold marble floor, which was a little slice of heaven!!
The Pantheon has some pretty cool things to see and alot of history, so it was a real highlight for me. When seen from the outside the first thing you notice above the columns are letters engraved in the stone. They read: "M·AGRIPPA·L·F·COS·TERTIVM·FECIT" meaning, "Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, built during his third consulate".
There is a beautiful fountain with the Rotunda Obelisk in the middle. The fountain was quite a sight but crowded with people so we didn't linger there. Once inside after resting on the bench we checked out the dome and oculus, which is an amazing sight! The oculus is the only light the comes into the Pantheon when the huge bronze doors are closed. The bronze coffers that once adorned the dome were striped and melted on the orders of Pope Urban VIII for the fortification of the Castel Sant'Angelo, so it is now bare marble and but no less impressive. The other exciting sight for me was Raphael's tomb with bust of him above it. The only drawback of the Pantheon? Everyone else wants to see it too! Beware it gets crowded- but I have to say, there is a lot of floor space, so it's not as bad as say, The Sistine Chapel.
This proved to be our day of aimlessly wandering. We wandered through a set of ruins that I still to this day have no idea what they were. I'll post photos in case anyone on here recognizes them and can enlighten me. The ruins meandered below street level and ended up at a structure that looks a lot like the Colosseum but smaller. I'd be grateful to anyone who knows what this ruin is. I was wondering if it is part of the Roman Forum but I can't say for certain. I wish that I could tell you where this is located but I'm pants with navigation so my boyfriend led me everywhere and I just took photos! (ha ha!) Although I can tell you that when we "exited" the ruins (by the smaller Colosseum style building) the church of Santa Maria Cosmedin was not far and can been seen in the background of the photos.
Somehow we found our way to yet another set of ruins (well a few fenced in Temples actually) that ended up being across the street from the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Looking back I wish we had taken the time to go into Santa Maria in Cosmedin and put our hands in the famous Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth), but all we had time for were a few photos, a rest on a bench and a flip through the guidebook to find out just where we were!
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