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Fontana dell' Acqua Paola - Rome
Fontana dell' Acqua Paola Fontana dell'Acqua Paola - Il Fontanone Review

This Monumental fountain commemorats the reopening in 1612 of n aqueduct originally built by Emperor trajan in AD 109.The aqueduct was renamed the Acqua paola" after Paul V,the Borghese pope who ordered its restoration.When it was first buit,the fountain had five small basins,built in 1690 Carlo Fontana altered the disign,adding the huge basin you can see today.Despite many laws intended to defer them,generations of Romans used this convenient pool of fresh water for bathing and for washing their vegetables.

Address: via Garibaldi

Directions: bus 44.75 or just walk up from san pietro church up the street pass Spain Embassy

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  • Updated Oct 7, 2009
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My favorite church - Rome
My favorite church Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Review

Of all the great Roman Basilicas,Santa Maria has the most successful blend of different architectural styles.Its colonated tripple nave is part of original 5th century building.The Cosmatesque marble floor and delightful Romanesque bell tower,with the blue ceramic roundels are medieval.The Renaisance saw a new coffered ceiling,and the Baroque gave the church twin domes and its imposing fron and rear facades.The mosaics are Santa Maria's most famous feature.From the 5th century cme the biblical scenes in the nave and the spectacular mosaics on the triumphal arch.Medieval highlights include a 13th century enthroned Christ in he loggia.Coronation of the Virgin Mosaic is the central image of a series of wonderful apse mosaics of the Virgin by Jacopo Torriti (1295).The giled ceiling ,possible by Giuliano da sangallo.was a gift of Alexander VI Borgia at the end of the 15th century.The gold is said to be the first brought from America by Columbus. The columns of red porphyry and bronze were the woirk of Ferdinando Fuga. in front of the church there is an ancient marble column of the Virgin and Child,a bronze was added in 1615 and column itself came from the basilica of Constantine in the Forum. On the back side of the church there is Egiptian Obelisk that was erected by Pope Sixtus V in 1587 as a landmark for polgrims.
There are priests available if you wish to confess.I just fell in love with this church ,very magnificant and beautifull, peacefull at the same time as most of pilgrimage sites.Maybe that's way it has it's own legend of snow. In 356 Pope liberius had a dream in which the virgin told him to build a church on the spot where he found snow.When it fell on Esquiline,on the morning of august 5 in the middle of the baking Roman summer,he naturally obeyed.The miracle of the snow is commemorated each year by a service during which thousands of white petals float down from the ceiling of Santa Maria.It used to be roses ,but now it's dahilias.

Address: Piazza di santa Maria Maggiore

Directions: Metro Termini,Cavour ,just couple blocks down to the right facing Termini Train Sation

Phone: 06483195

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  • Written Sep 29, 2009
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Independence War Memorial - Rome
Independence War Memorial Janiculum Hill - Gianicolo Hill Review

Monument on the Janiculum honoring Italian Patriots: a formal arched memorial with the inscription 'Roma o Morte' (Rome or death) honors the patriots who died in the Italian Independence wars between 1848 and 1870. It's just across the road from San Pietro church in a little park area.

Address: Piazza San Pietro in Montorio

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 29, 2009
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St.Pietro in Montorio - Rome
St.Pietro in Montorio Chiesa San Pietro in Montorio Review

For me this church has the same importance as St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican, as a place of Crucifixion of St. Peter and was one of “must see” sights.
The church of San Pietro in Montorio was built on the site of an earlier ninth-century church dedicated to St. Peter on Rome's Janiculum hill. Commissioned by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain(By the way, the Spain embassy is just a block away, up the hill), it marks a traditional location of St. Peter's crucifixion.
The church's current Cardinal-Protector is James Francis Cardinal Stafford, since 1 March 2008.
We didn’t see Tempieto, because of the wedding that was taking place there, but interior of the church is very beautiful and a lot of famous artists and sculptors worked on it. The view from outside is quite plain and strict; you might even pass this building if you don’t know that it hides such a beautiful artwork inside.

Directions: Just up the street from Botanical garden,the road strats to wind and it onthe right side of the road after the fork.every local shows you the way just say "san piedro"

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 21, 2009
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St.Peter's Basilica - Rome
St.Peter's Basilica St. Peter's Basilica - Basilica San Pietro Review

St. Peter's Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is the symbolic "Mother church" of the Catholic Church and is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom" In Catholic tradition, it is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession.You can see a lot of nuns and monks who came to pray there and there are a lot of people who prays in a quiet grotto that contains more than 100 tombs, including St. Peter’s. There is special praying area in a church if you need to focus on a prayer in a quiet atmosphere. I am Orthodox, not Catholic, but this place was important for me, since Apostle Peter is respected by all Christians and we honor him the same way Catholic Church does, because at the Peter’s time there was no division between Eastern and Western Churches, they were one whole thing, I think that’s the reason our services are alike in a certain way. I’m not a big fan of Michelangelo and any sculptures and statues, but the church keeps one of this famous works.
La Pietà (1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. The statue was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century.
This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo

Address: vaticano

Directions: from subway station ottaviano just follow the sighns,it's very easy to find.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 21, 2009
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