Roman Architecture Influence

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The inspirations from the past has led to great works of art and architecture. When the United States of America were building Washington D.C architects and designers sought inspiration from ancient greece and rome because their ideologies represented harmony, order, and freedom. Ancient rome passed down the artistic, philosophical, and spiritual legacy. One of its significant influence was on religion, reforming the future of western culture through christianity. Christianity was declared the official religion of the Roman Empire by Emperor Constantine. Another major influence from Rome are the architecture and designs helped influence the work of many famous monument and architecture. Trajan 's Column represents the Trajan 's victory over…show more content…
The Romans also used the arches to extend domes and cupolas, and was used in various part of a building. Roman arches were made of bricks, and was more extensively used than any other material. The Arch made way to interior architecture because of its various purpose. One famous architecture which used arches is the Colosseum. It was the largest amphitheater built by the roman Empire, it contained four main floors each with 80 Arches, and could hold up to 50,000 spectators. The building of the colosseum used two of the greatest inventions concrete and vaulted arches. Also, in the article the Roman Arches by Linda Alchin, stats the ceilings of the passages and corridors which circled the arena on each tier consisted of vaulted arches made of concrete but the supports the vaulted arches rested on were made of strong, heavy limestone. The arches on the ceiling are more stronger than a flat ceiling. Today the Colosseum is a popular tourist attraction in rome with 3.9 million visitors every…show more content…
Without the use of concrete the Romans could not have successfully built the barrel vault which holds up the ramping system that are present in the structure. The sanctuary is built into the hillside so that the structure is built into the hill. The building contains seven terraces, 400 feet tall from where the fortune tellers would help pilgrims to colonnaded rotunda on top which contains the 17th century palace of the Barberini. The structure is meant to look out on the plains and mountains, and has a axial
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