May 31, 2013
Roman Forum, Italy
Photograph by Richard I'Anson, Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images
During the thousand years it was in use, the Foro Romano (Roman Forum) evolved from a primitive marketplace into the command center of an empire. Home to Rome's most important legal, political, and triumphal monuments, the forum also served as an area of public gatherings and celebrations. Time has taken its toll, leaving most of the buildings in ruins; only five are still reasonably intact.
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