Sunday, 29 May 2005

Tourist in Rome

Being in Rome is like being in the middle of a set of Benhur or Ten Commandments. Where ever you look, you can see ruins of old buildings, magnificent horsemen, giant statues, the domes of imposing churches rising against the skyline. There is so much of every thing that after a while it stops registering in your mind. With the kind of archeological and artistic treasures that are there in Rome, it is like one big open air museum.

Only in Rome you can have so many wonderful artistic treasures that are completely ignored by tourists. In any other city of Europe, such treasures would be inside the museums. In Rome, you hear all the time, "this is two thousand years old, or 2500 years old.. In the end, it gets so common that you stop thinking about it and valuing it.

For such a long time, I had stopped looking at Rome through the eyes of a tourist. I looked at it as any other city where I had to go to work. So going to Rome meant rushing around in the underground, cursing for the traffic jams and hardly ever raising up the eyes to look around. And yet, it is enough to stop for a moment and look around, it is so incredibly beautiful.

Look at the pictures and tell me if you don't agree.

Rome, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2005

Rome, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2005

Rome, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2005

Rome, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2005

Rome, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2005

Rome, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2005

Rome, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2005

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