Matthias A. Peterseim

This site shows things I do or think concerning the wide-ranging subject of architecture.

Sensorial & mental inspiration

Rome develops its full fascination only through the connection of the intensive sensory experience with the acquisition of knowledge. This inspiration in the literal sense of inhaling intellectual spirit from both cognitive worlds leads to what makes the experience of Rome so impressive: the possibility of entering into a dialogue with its silent witnesses.

Conversely, this does not mean, of course, that the city can only be experienced by acquiring knowledge - the encounter does, however, benefit significantly.

It is difficult for visitors to develop an understanding of this complex, interwoven urban structure. The museums and sites visited by thousands of tourists collect numerous artefacts, but hardly establish any connections between the time layers. Based on the large marble map, on which Emperor Septimius Severus had the entire city plan depicted and publicly displayed from 203 AD, the new Museo della Forma Urbis is a place where interested people can review the development of Rome as a city of continuities and disruptions.