Italy is a country where I really like to be. It suits me in so many ways. First of all culture and heritage, then cuisine, vine, way of life… I have been to it so many times and I still keep returning. Rome is my special town of pilgrimage, at least once a year I visit it. I hope, I don’t have to explain why. Maybe some of the photos here will explain.
Roma Roma mia
Tesoro mio, bella
Pieno di sole luce
Bali cozi bene, bene
What a lovely afternoon
What a lovely afternoon
Oh will you come with us
To find the song of the oil and brush
Prologue, Aerial I
The Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini) are a group of art and archeological museums in Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill in Rome, Italy. The historic seats of the museums are Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Nuovo, facing on the central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536 and executed over a period of more than 400 years. The history of the museums can be traced to 1471, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a collection of important ancient bronzes to the people of Rome and located them on Capitoline Hill. Since then, the museums' collection has grown to include a large number of ancient Roman statues, inscriptions, and other artifacts; a collection of medieval and Renaissance art; and collections of jewels, coins, and other items. The museums are owned and operated by the municipality of Rome.
Greek and Roman Antiquity is one of the most fascinating periods of history. I am a great admirer of the Classical Greek and Roman art, especially sculpture and architecture. During my travels I made a great collection of photographic works of ancient Greco-Roman sculpture and architecture. Here I will share it with you.
The National Roman Museum (Museo Nazionale Romano) is a National museum, run by the Italian State, whose several branches are housed within different buildings located across the city of Rome, Italy.
It was founded in 1889 and inaugurated in 1890, with the aim of collecting the archaeological materials discovered and unearthed during the excavations pursued by the Italian State after the Conquer of Rome and its elevation to the rank of Capital of the newborrn Kindgom of Italy.
Nevertheless, the first core of its collection was formed from pre-existing collections such as that of the Kircherian Museum, an archaeological collection assembled by the antiquarian Athanasius Kircher within the former convent of the jesuitic church of Sant'Ignazio that was home to the Collegio Romano, that is the boading school and University of the Society of Jesus; in 1874, after the after the definitive suppression of the Society of Jesus, this collection was escheated, along with the whole building that contained it, by the Italian State. Renamed as Royal Museum, the Kircherian Museum was initially exhibited within the original rooms but was intended to be moved to a 'Museo Tiberino' (Tiberine Museum) where it were to be constantly supplemented by the entire amount of the numerous new discoveries as well as by the new acquisitions and expropriations that were being pursued in Rome; in fact the City was undergoing an expansive refurbishment and planning effort aimed at conferring to it a new, even more stately, aspect, more befitting its new role of Capital of Italy.
Βυζάντιον, Augusta Antonina,
ἡ Νέα, δευτέρα Ῥώμη, Constantinopolis, Κωνσταντινούπολις,
Βασιλὶς τῶν πόλεων, ἡ Πόλις, Цариград, القسطنطينية, قسطنطينيه, Kostantiniyye & İstanbul
City with so many names and with so much history. There is no nation that is not, in some or another way, connected with it. Together with Rome it shaped the European history (and the history of Middle East) like no other city. One of the most fascinating building of all times Ἁγία Σοφία still adorns it. The city which keeps me coming back to Turkey…
Montenegro (Crna Gora) is a country where I live. Here you will find a lot of photos mostly from the region of the Bay of Kotor. This region is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979. A lot of medieval and baroque churches and buildings are preserved in the towns of Kotor and Perast. Beside architecture, I also enjoy seascape photos of the Bay and Grbalj region.
Belgrade (Београд) is my second home town. I have lived in it for more than 10 years, while I was student of the Mathematical Faculty of Belgrade. Although, I those times I was not a photographer. Now, I visit Belgrade very often and here you will find some of my photos from the Serbian capital and from some other parts of Serbia.
Lisboa is such a beautiful city where you can enjoy as a photographer and traveller as well. I came to know Lisbon through the music of Madredeus after watching Wim Wender's film Lisbon Story. Later I discovered Fado. So my expectations were high, but completely fulfilled. Needless to say, Alfama is my favourite part of the city where you can sense genius loci.
Valencia is the only city in Spain I have visited, so there is a lot more to be discovered in Spain. Valencia is fascinating city both the old part and the new one. When I say the new one, I think of Santiago Calatrava’s famous Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. I cannot describe myself as a huge fun of contemporary architecture, but I can describe myself as a fun of Calatrava’s architecture.
Greece the place where it all begun for us Europeans! As a primarily photographer of architecture, you have to be aware of this on every step you take. I was only once in Greece, but still I fell excitement of climbing up Propylaea and taking sight at Parthenon & Erechtheum… It was like a dream, and probably because of that the processing of the images from Greece is stronger, then from other places I have been. Needless to say, I hope I will very soon continue this visual dreaming in Greece once again.
Romania is a country not far away from my country Montenegro. Despite that it remained relatively unknown to me until my first visit in September 2015. I have arrived to Bucharest and then took a train to beautiful costal town Constanța. Not near enough to get to know a country, but at least now I have some sense of the place and some beautiful photo that you will find here.
I have been in the Benelux countries: Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg on a couple of occasions. Mostly in the days when I was Europa Nostra photographer. Here you will find some photos from these beautiful countries.
When the Turks breached the walls of Constantinople on 29 May 1453, they extinguished the longest-lived political entity of Europe, the Byzantine state. The disappearance of this ancient Christian polity from the living family of nations reduced its civilisation to a study for historians and archaeologist. Even the name of the state was quickly forgotten and scholars began calling it Byzantium, which had been the original name of its capital city Constantinople. The "Byzantines" themselves had called their state the "Roman Empire", or in common parlance "Romaneia", since it was in fact a continuation of the Roman empire in its fiscal, legal and administrative systems - even thought it had evolved into a Christian and primarily Greek-speeking state and the city of Rome itself had ceased to be part of the empire by ninth century.
Thomas F. Mathews
Byzantium: From Antiquity to the Renaissance