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A Walk Along the Tiber River in Rome

As the Tiber River winds through Rome, Italy, pedestrians can stroll along at the level of the river itself or on the streets above the walls that protect Rome from flooding.  From the north, one passes a number of bridges including … Continue reading

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The Palace of Justice and the Ponte Umberto I in Rome

The Palace of Justice is located along the right bank of the Tiber River in Rome.  Over the front door is a sculpture of Justice flanked by Law and Strength.  In front of the building are statues of Cicero, Papiniano, … Continue reading

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Atop Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome

Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy is in remarkably good repair considering that it is over 1800 years old.  The fact that the structure has been in nearly constant use since it was built undoubtedly has contributed to its preservation. From the … Continue reading

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Inside Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome

A tour inside Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy gives visitors the clear understanding that this structure was used as a fortress, a residence, and as a prison.  A passageway tall and wide enough to accommodate a horse-drawn wagon spirals from ground … Continue reading

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Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome

Castel Sant’Angelo began its existence as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian and his family.  By the 14th century, Castel Sant’Angelo was conscripted by the popes for use as a fortress and a prison.  Today, the structure is used as a museum. … Continue reading

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More Art in the Pantheon in Rome

The Pantheon, like other Catholic Churches in Rome, Italy, is home to an impressive collection of art.  Close to the entrance of the Pantheon, on the right as one enters, is a 1686 painting of The Madonna of the Girdle … Continue reading

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Altars, Chapels, and Art in the Pantheon in Rome

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy houses several altars and a number of paintings.  Behind the high altar there is a copy of a 13th century icon of the Madonna.  The altarpiece in the Chapel of the Madonna of Mercy is … Continue reading

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Tombs in the Pantheon, Rome

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy has the distinction of holding three important tombs.  The first is that of the Italian painter and architect Raphael.  Despite what Dan Brown wrote in his book Angels and Demons, Raphael’s tomb has always been … Continue reading

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The Pantheon and the Piazza della Rotonda in Rome

The Pantheon in Rome, Italy was originally built by Agrippa and rebuilt by Hadrian in 126 AD.  Its name derives from the idea that it was a temple to all the gods, but that conclusion is not certain.  It was converted … Continue reading

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Chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva in Rome

The Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva, like many Catholic Churches, contains a number of chapels and altars.  In fact, the Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva includes at least 22 chapels and altars. The Chapel of St. Pius V … Continue reading

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