The incredible Roma Ieri Oggi website continues to post old photographs on the web. This one here is a view of the piazza of the Colosseum, but looking up the Sacred Way to the Arch of Titus. It’s high quality, and can be zoomed in to an amazing extent.
I’ve snipped the portion showing the Meta Sudans, the now-demolished ancient fountain that once stood next to the Colosseum. Only the core of the lower half remained by 1865, when Altobelli and Molins made this image.
2 thoughts on “A high-quality 1865 photograph of the Meta Sudans, via Rome Ieri Oggi”
Talking about history… I wonder whether that is the photographer himself (or a friend) posing in front. That might be a glass plate on top of that sturdy tripod. Exposure times back then were more than 20 seconds, so in order for people to appear sharp they had to stand still. Compare that with the two “smudges” – moving people, I guess – on he Sacred Way in front of the Arch.
Yes, although there would have to be a second camera too.