WordPress Photo Challenge for this week is Silhouette.

The photo above was taken at the Palatine Hill.

The Hill is 230 feet above Rome; it gives magnificent views of the city and the Forum Romanum. During the 27 BC – 476 AD several emperors resided there, including Augustus (the first Emperor of Roman Empire).

Below is part of the Palace of Septimius Severus,193-211 AD. This enormous building was supported by those giant arches:

The next photo was taken in Orvieto. Orvieto was a major center of Etruscan civilization. The origins of the Etruscans were lost in prehistory; they could be originated from the Northern Italy or the Near East (Wikipedia).  During the 12th century, only Orvieto and Avignon (in France) had papal palaces outside Rome.

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33 responses

  1. Wonderful shots of these historical places.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    • Amy

      It really is a majestic historical place. Thank you for your coment, Angeline!

      October 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  2. Wonderful pics, wonderful places, and love the history you give us to go with them.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    • Amy

      I do too, Valerie. History is fascinating, the more you learn, the more you want to learn…

      October 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

  3. Very meaningful pictures. Beautiful.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you, Valentina. These magnificent buidlings tell great stories.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      • I know, every little stone is full of history, I am from there.

        October 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm

  4. The history of Rome never ceases to fascinate me. Great photos and history.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    • Amy

      It really is, Alexandria. The more we learn, the more to learn about its history.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

  5. thanks for sharing artifacts of mysterious culture…cool.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    • Amy

      I appreciate your comment! Good to hear from you. :)

      October 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

  6. These are really wonderful silhouettes! Although the craze was begun on the human face, I think a great building silhouetted against the sky is far more interesting – especially when, like your shot of Orvieto, there is balancing foreground detail.

    October 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    • Amy

      That is such a wonderful compliment, Gene; I have seen your great photographic work, am flattered.

      October 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

      • I’ve just been lucky to have great things to shoot, Amy. I’m a much keener observer than shooter, and I enjoyed your shots very much :)

        October 27, 2012 at 9:02 am

  7. Wonderful images… love them… :)

    October 26, 2012 at 2:21 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, Bams! Good to see you. :)

      October 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

  8. Very dramatic images, Amy. :)

    October 26, 2012 at 7:27 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, AD! Have a great day. :)

      October 26, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  9. I love how you captured these structures.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    • Amy

      Hi Lilly, Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment! Happy Friday!

      October 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

  10. Breathtaking! Must be amazing to stand there in person and have a piece of a very rich history. Beautiful. Have a great weekend.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:34 am

    • Amy

      It was a humbling moment… Thank you for letting me share it with you. It always good to hear from you, IT! Hope your get to relax this weekend.

      October 27, 2012 at 8:39 am

  11. Stunning silhouettes of colossal architecture…I’m amazed they managed to build so big!!

    October 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    • Amy

      Hard to image how they built these massive buildings 2,000 years ago. Hope your weekend is going well, Lisa. :)

      October 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  12. Wow! This is an impressive collection of silhouette shots… Good job Amy! ;-)

    October 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

    • Amy

      I’m absolutely encouraged by your comment, Elizabeth! Thank you!

      October 28, 2012 at 9:05 am

  13. Wonderful images Amy – that first one is also a little spooky

    October 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    • Amy

      That area was so shady, it was not possible to take a good picture. I thought it was the worst shot, until the Silhouette theme came up. :)

      October 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

  14. Great silhouettes, Amy!

    October 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you! :)

      October 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  15. Fantastic shilouette pict. Amy.

    October 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    • sorry typo Amy = Silhouette … :D

      October 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm

  16. I love the last one!

    November 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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