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Palazzo Colonna is one of the oldest and largest private palaces of Rome. Its construction began in the fourteenth century by the Colonna family, who still resides there since eight centuries. The Colonna family dates back to the twelfth century and comes from the town of Colonna, near Rome, from which it takes its name....
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World-famous Capitoline She-wolf, the very symbol of Rome, is a larger-than-life bronze statue, made with the direct lost-wax casting technique in a single casting. The statue is housed in the Capitoline Museums. Its provenance is unknown but the analyses of the casting clay still inside suggest that it was made with clay coming from the...
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There is no pilgrim who has come to Rome without desiring to visit the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs. It is one of the most important and renowned sanctuaries in the Roman Catholic Church. Situated near the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the Sanctuary houses the Sancta Sanctorum, recognized as the first private Papal...
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The Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major reigns as an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value, and represent the Church’s role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome. For nearly sixteen centuries, St. Mary Major has held its position as a Marian shrine par...
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St. Peter’s Basilica receives up to 7 millions visitors a year. However, there are other great basilicas in Rome that are magnificent, yet have astoundingly little tourist traffic. For instance, St Paul Outside the Walls, the third-largest church in Christendom. It’s humbling in its vast scale, mostly 19th century, with a 5th-century triumphal arch and...
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