Day and Night in Rome, Italy

Most of the photos I took in Rome were taken in daylight.  For some reason, I didn’t have a strong urge to take photos at night, but places I visited in the day were transformed at night.

The one place I did take photos both during the day and at night was the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II).  The monument was erected to commemorate Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy.  Although the perspective on the day shot is different than that of the night shot, the two photos make a pleasing pair.

I also saw two triumphal columns, very similar in appearance.  The daytime photo is of Trajan’s Column and the nighttime photo is of the Column of Marcus Aurelius.  Trajan’s Column, completed in 113 AD, commemorates the Roman Emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars.  Bas reliefs showing scenes from the Dacian Wars spiral up the column.  The Column of Marcus Aurelius, completed before 193 AD, describes the exploits of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the Marcomannic Wars.  This column was modeled after Trajan’s Column, with scenes from the Marcomannic Wars spiraling up the column.  In the 1580s, on orders from Pope Sixtus V, Trajan’s column was topped with a statue of St. Peter and the Column of Marcus Aurelius was crowned with a stature of St. Paul.

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II - Day

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II – Day

SOURCE:  Monument to Victor Emmanuel II – Day (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II - Night

Monument to Victor Emmanuel II – Night

SOURCE:  Monument to Victor Emmanuel II – Night (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Trajan's Column

Trajan’s Column

SOURCE:  Trajan’s Column (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Column of Marcus Aurelius

Column of Marcus Aurelius

SOURCE:  Column of Marcus Aurelius (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 12 August 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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