The Piazza del Campidoglio at night in the Capitoline Hill, Rome.
The Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo on top of the Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of ancient Imperial Rome.
The Capitoline Hill, set between the Forum and the Campus Martius (where Julius Caesar was murdered), is one, some say the first, of the Seven Hills of Rome. The top of the hill was the place where the temple of Jupiter, the most important deity in Rome, stood. The hill is now the setting for Rome's Town Hall and the Capitoline Museums.
By the 16th century, Capitolinus had become Capitolino in Italian, and Capitolium Campidoglio. The Capitoline Hill contains few ancient ground-level ruins, as they are almost entirely covered up by Medieval and Renaissance palaces (now housing the Capitoline Museums) that surround a piazza, a significant urban plan designed by Michelangelo with Marcus Aurelius' equestrian statue in the center. This figure is a replica. The original, however, is kept, and can be visited, not 50 yards away, inside the Capitoline museums, where it was moved to protect it from the weather, the birds and vandalism. This sculpture is the only complete bronze equestrian statue of a Roman emperor to survive to this days, because of the mistaken belief that it belonged to Constantine, the first Christian emperor.
More Roman images in my Roman Gallery https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/weston-westmoreland.html?tab=artworkgalleries&artworkgalleryid=392464&page=1
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