Suvi’s Statues: Rome’s Eur

Do you know that there is a portion of Roma that was left unfinished because the war prevented the world’s fair in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Fascism in Italy? Do you know that Roma’s patron saints are Peter and Paul? And most strikingly: do you know that Roma has a square Colosseum too, and then they use it as a fashion mogul’s headquarters?

I often saw them in the distance when arriving in Roma by car: the white block with familiar vaults and the huge white cupola that one could mistake for St. Peter’s in Vatican, but I’ve never been until yesterday.

The marble part of the city in question, which was eerily empty this Saturday as most of Roma’s residential quarters in August, is called Eur and euros is what they make there, especially in the square Colosseum (Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana) that has been rented out to Fendi for the last few years.

I was inside for a free exhibition and was strolling around pieces of fur hanging off the ceiling among rare visitors and overpaid, bored guards playing on their phones. The feeling was Get the hell out. Once out, the feeling was Get the hell away.

But then the Church of Peter and Paul, the patron saints of Roma in celebration of whom amore is free on June 29, fixed that feeling, as churches tend to do.

I invite you to stroll through the images, form your own opinion, and search more info online if you’re interested. As for me, I’ve had enough of white, swords and tank-size boulevards for a while.

Photo: a © signature mmm production

For Suvi’s Saturday Statues challenge

18 Comments Add yours

  1. You’ve outdone yourself with these images. I love the compositions!

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    1. Ahh, Lisa! That’s so good to hear. Thank you very much!!

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  2. joannesisco says:

    Wow – it does look strangely deserted for Rome!

    Great photos as usual. I really liked the one of the statue looking down the hall to the next statue. I do appreciate symmetry 🙂

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  3. joey says:

    I really like those carved-into-stone panels — I assume they surround a door we will one day see? 🙂

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    1. Hehe, you assume right, Joey! 🙂 I was careful to keep it concealed…

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  4. Suvi says:

    You find such interesting places.. and statues!! Where is everyone? 😛

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    1. Haha, on the sea, Suvi. A week or two more and then back to normal. And then we, who live by the sea, can stop feeling like in a zoo. 😀 And thank you!

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  5. I wonder if it would be fun to work as a guard there… at least it sounds like an easy job, just bring your phone! 😉 (I’m avoiding your Ender post, as instructed, but not sure which millenium I’ll actually get around to reading it. Picked up 3 books today but didn’t open them yet!)

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    1. Aaah, girl, I know exactly how you feel. It’s always as if we have to make a choice between reading books and going online and reading current stuff. As for the guards, they all seemed to be a bit short for a model and this was the next best thing.

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