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Raphael Rooms

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Vatican Museum Rome

The four rooms known as the Stanze of Raphael form part of the apartment situated on the second floor of the Pontifical Palace that was chosen by Julius II della Rovere, the Pope. as his own residence and usedRead more

The Sistine Chapel

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The Sistine Chapel

Was it divine intervention that compelled Michelangelo (1475 -1564) to climb up a scaffold in 1508 to begin the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling? Perhaps Pope Julius II (pontificate 1503 -1513) did think of himself as divine? No Pope beforeRead more


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Piazza della Rotonda

The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building ofancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. As the brick stamps on the side of the building reveal it was builtRead more

Castel Sant’ Angelo

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Castel Sant' Angelo

This Fortress was built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian (AD130-139), but it has also been a prison and a papal residence. It was used by former Popes who absconded there for protection in times of danger. ThereRead more

Roman Colosseum

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The Roman Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was commisioned in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian. It was completed by his son, Titus, in 80, with later improvements by Domitian.  The Colosseum is located just eastRead more

St. Peter’s Square

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St Peter's Square Rome

St. Peter’s Square, or St. Peter’s Piazza (Piazza San Pietro), is located directly in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City, the papal enclave within Rome. The open space before the basilica was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini,Read more

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