Not Built in a Day

Exploring the Architecture of Rome


By George H. Sullivan

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Not Built in a Day: Exploring the Architecture of Rome is a unique, unconventional guide and a deeply felt homage to Rome and its extraordinary 2,500-year history. Moving beyond the names, dates, and statistics of ordinary guidebooks, George Sullivan’s eye-opening essays celebrate the special character of Rome’s buildings, fountains, piazzas, streets, and ruins. From the largest landmark down to the smallest hidden gem, Not Built in a Day explores the city in comprehensive detail, offering detailed visual and historical analyses that enable readers to see and understand exactly what makes the architecture of Rome so important, influential, and fascinating.

Not Built in a Day is supported by a companion website ( that offers, among other features, detailed illustrative photographs for readers who want to experience the book’s walking tours at home and large printable maps for readers using small electronic devices on-site in Rome.


On Sale
Apr 28, 2009
Page Count
464 pages
Da Capo Press

George H. Sullivan

About the Author

George H. Sullivan is a veteran travel writer whose work includes walking tours of both Florence and Vienna for Fodor’s Travel Guides. He spent fifteen years researching and writing the essays that became Not Built in a Day and he lectures regularly on Roman architecture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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