The Architecture of Rome


Welcome to our Easter Special of the Architecture of Rome. Over the centuries Rome's architecture has developed from its Roman beginnings to its classical architecture. Rome is certainly a historic city, with many famous ancient buildings, as well as in Vatican City. Rome is seen as one of the epicenters of classical architecture with the developing of the arch, the dome and the vault within the city. In recent times, the city has become well known for its Neoclassical and Fascist styles.

Imperial Rome
During the Roman times, the city was mainly built from concrete and bricks, with marble and gold becoming a popular feature in houses, particularly for the rich and wealthy, in the later decades. The Colosseum is the most prominent piece of surviving Roman Architecture, with the Pantheon, Arch of Constantine and Baths of Caracalla.    

The Colosseum, Rome
Baroque Rome
Rome is widely associated with being the center of Baroque architecture and was heavily influenced by the movement as shown in some of the buildings in the city. The Baroque style is based on Classical symmetry and the Renaissance style. One of the most famous Baroque buildings in Rome is actually over the border in Vatican City and is St. Peters Basilica.

St Peters Basilica
Fascist Rome
The Fascist Style is Rome's latest architectural style which was popular between 1922 and 1943. It developed close links to the original Roman Architecture. Many Fascist Style buildings are located within E.U.R otherwise known as Esposizione Universale Roma. It is a residential and business district of the city. The most well known and recognized Fascist building is the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, constructed between 1938 and 1943. It currently serves as a business centre and suburban complex.

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Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana
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Tom Marland
ArchitectWeekly Writer

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