Day 5 part 2 - Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum were also really interesting. Palatine Hill was owned by one person who had a huge villa, gardens and arena. The first picture is what's left of the villa. You can still see the remnants of a large dining room with a semi circle at the end. This was to separate the emperor from the rest of the people, like a church does with an altar. This is where this part of the church as we know them came from. You can also see the remnants of an arena and another semi circle to show the importance of the emperor.
Arches were built to honour emperors, a few of which still stand today. There's a temple that also still stands with a green door. There aren't any steps up to the door because that is where floor level used to be in the Roman times.
There are building of a building where a flame that was never to be extinguished and looked after by girls/women who if they let the flame go out or weren't abstinent would be buried alive!
The last building is the last temple built in honour of Julius Ceaser. He was never an emperor but was made a God, the only man to have been. This is also where his body was burned.
Lots of history and information learned today! So interesting!