Posted by: danielfee | April 2, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 04-02-2013

Domus Aurea - Rome, Italy

Domus Aurea – Rome, Italy

Domus Aurea

Domus Aurea

Domus Aurea

Domus Aurea

Nero’s Domus Aurea (“Golden House”) was a large landscaped portico villa built after the great fire in 64 AD had burnt down the aristocratic dwellings on the slopes of the Palatine Hill. It was built of brick and concrete but it was the extensive use of gold leaf that gave the villa its name. But the gold leaf was not the only extravagant element of its decor; stuccoed ceilings were applied with semi-precious stones and ivory veneers, while the walls were frescoed, coordinating the decoration into different themes in each major group of rooms. The Domus Aurea complex covered parts of the slopes of the Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian hills, with a man-made lake in the marshy bottomlands. The estimated size of the Domus Aurea is an approximation, as much of it has not been excavated. Some scholars place it at over 300 acres while others estimate its size to have been under 100 acres. After Nero’s suicide in 68 AD, the Emperor Vespasian drained the lake and built the Colosseum in 79 AD.

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