Rome


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Capital of ancient Roman territory of Dacia to undergo EUR 4.5 million restoration

Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa (or Colonia Ulpia Traiana Augusta Dacica Sarmizegetusa) was the capital and the largest settlement in Roman-controlled Dacia (mainly corresponding to modern Romania and Moldova), with its name partially derived from Sarmizegetusa – the former religious and political center of Dacia. Founded during the reign of Trajan, possibly between 106-107 AD – when…




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Remains of 2,500-year-old residence suggests that ancient Rome was much bigger than previously thought

The recent discovery of a large, 2500-year-old residence, in the central part of Rome, points to the possibility that the ancient city was considerably bigger than previously thought. Found on the Quirinal Hill, somewhere between modern-day Via Veneto street and the Termini train station, the ancient rectangular house is remarkably well-intact, complete with clay-smeared walls,…


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Edoardo Tresoldi’s breathtakingly-detailed wire mesh sculptures are a tribute to the human form

At the recently-held Roskilde Festival, in Denmark, one would have found remarkably detailed sculptures of the human form. Designed by Italian artist, Edoardo Tresoldi, these colossal figures are painstakingly hand-crafted, by joining several pieces of metallic wire mesh. Tresoldi’s expertise lies in recreating the subtle facial expressions and contortions, the minute wrinkles in clothing and…


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10 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is one of Rome’s most popular and prized historic sites. Set within the Vatican City and Museums, it welcomes around 25,000 visitors a day. The world-famous ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo are of course the main attraction, forming masterpieces of astonishing beauty and magnificence. Despite cameras being banned in the chapel, the visit…



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The ancient pyramid in Rome that you may not have known about

We have talked about the Great Pyramid of Giza, and how the massive structure has baffled historians throughout the ages by not only its size but also its abstruse purpose. But as it turns out, in ancient times, pyramids were not only limited to the African continent - as is evident from the still existing…


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Red paint traces found during the restoration process of the Colosseum

Earlier, we had talked at length about the crowd-controlling aspects of the Roman Colosseum, with its peak capacity to easily manage over 50,000 wild spectators. And now, yet another enduring evidence suggests the advanced level of the crowd-controlling scope demonstrated by this great freestanding amphitheater. During the (ongoing) $33 million restoration project, experts have found…


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