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Colosseo Quadrato

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 | 8 comments

I was in EUR today shooting some new stuff for my upcoming exhibit at Hobo Art Club (opens September 11), but took the opportunity to shoot the “Square Colosseum” (ie Colosseo Quadrato). It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile and you’ll notice it looks a lot like the monument on the Gianicolo I posted because they’re both examples of Fascist architecture. Of course the nickname is Colosseo Quadrato, but the building is really called the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro. If you don’t know EUR, it’s definitely worth going to in order to see very interesting 20th century architecture and also to see a real Roman urban neighborhood. No tiny cobblestoned streets here, just real modern (Roman) living. The monument is fantastic to photograph, it almost looks digital. I caught it just as the sun was setting, so it cast a kind of orange glow on the stone and I liked the touch of nature to contrast with the high symmetry of the building. I’ll be loading some other images on Flickr in the next day or so if you want to see other angles.


  1. stunning photo-looks surreal-the orange glow sets it off

  2. this is one of my all-time favorites! The light angle here is nothing short of genius!

  3. wow. that's all I can say…wow.

  4. hi there,
    first of all i'd like to say: HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🙂

    then, have u noticed the number of windows of 'colosseo quadrato' ??

    you can see 9×6 windows, and someone told me once that it figures out the name of 'benito mussolini' (not sure it's true – maybe it's just a legend)

  5. truly a masterpiece..

  6. Thanks guys, glad you like it as much as I do. I got it right in a good 20 minute window of golden sun.

    Francesco – Grazie mille! I've never heard that story, very interesting! I'll have to do some research on that to see what I find out.

  7. Hi,
    Just wanted to say that I thought this is a great picture as many of yours are. I have been gone and still am not sure how I did it, but I managed to see most of the pictures I missed. Enjoyable for sure.

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