The beautiful church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, built on the foundations of the temple of Juno, is located on top of the ... More
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
The beautiful church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, built on the foundations of the temple of Juno, is located on top of the Capitoline hill, near the Campidoglio. It is reached by more than 100 steps, which, according to tradition, one must climb on one's knees in order to obtain pardon for one's sins. The interior of the church is magnificently decorated with paintings by Pinturicchio, and the ceiling bears frescoes recording the battle of Lepanto. It is said that the statue of the baby Jesus, carved from a tree trunk from the garden of Gethsemane, has miraculous powers. However, the original statue was stolen and never recovered.
In 1099 Pope Pasquale II had a chapel erected in honor of the Madonna to commemorate the victory of the
crusaders who had liberated the Holy Sepulchre. Two hundred years later, Pope Gregory IX enlarged this Santa Maria del ...
Building work on Santa Maria dei Servi was begun in 1346 by the Servi di Maria (Servants of Mary). The
church was enlarged in 1381 following the design of A. da Faenza and building only finished in 1545. The ...
Santa Maria in Cosmedin is one of the most represented sites in Rome thanks to cinema fans. How can you
not remember Audrey Hepburn who placed her hand inside the Bocca della verità (Mouth of Truth) in Roman Holiday? ...