Buildings and architectural structures – known and unknown

Churches and chapels

San Giovanni in Laterano Baptistery – a water-filled cradle of Christianity

Residential and representative buildings

Casino dell’Aurora – a pearl of art of an entrepreneurial papal nepot

Residential and representative buildings

Casino di Villa Doria Pamphilj – a symbol of social status and a tool of international rivalries

Residential and representative buildings

Casino Ludovisi – a cardinal’s idyll on the outskirts of the city

Public utility buildings

Circus Maximus (antique hippodrome) – a favorite place of ancient Romans – races, bets and lotteries

Fountains

Fontana dei Catecumeni – a café under the open sky

Fountains

Fontana dei Dioscuri – a monument of modern times put together with antique parts

Fountains

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi – a symbol of greatness of the Catholic Church and the Pamphilj family

Fountains

Fontana del Mascherone di Santa Sabina – a charming, but undervalued Roman mascaron

Fountains

Fontana del Moro – African exoticism in the center of the city

Fountains

Fontana del Nettuno – a story of a water reservoir transformed into an elegant fountain

Fountains

Fontana del Prigione – but where is the prisoner?

Fountains

Fontana dell'Acqua Felice (Fontana del Mosè) – a camouflaged papal monument

Fountains

Fontana dell’Acqua Paola – a monument to the glory of Pope Paul V and the Borghese family

Fountains

Fontana della Rotonda – a work of papal ambitions and persistence

Fountains

Fontana delle Amfore – a picturesque relict of Fascist times

Fountains

Fontana delle Tartarughe - meaning more haste less speed

Fountains

Fontana di Marforio – peregrinations of an ancient statue

Fountains

Fontana di Piazza Colonna – a grand idea and a rather modest implementation

Fountains

Fontana di Trevi – a symbol of dolce vita and Rome’s greatest attraction

Temples

Hadrianeum (Hadrian’s temple) – the spirit of the divine Hadrian in a temple of money

Churches and chapels

Carafa Chapel – a place of Renaissance in every inch

Churches and chapels

Contarelli Chapel – a place, where the surprised Matthew finds his path of life

Churches and chapels

Chapel of Martyrdom of St. Peter (Tempietto) – an antique brought back to life

Public utility buildings

Colosseum – an imperial response to a social need

Commemorative monuments

The Column of Marcus Aurelius – a souvenir of a wise, sensible and brave emperor

Commemorative monuments

Column of the Immaculate Conception – an antidote for heresies and mistakes of contemporary times

Churches and chapels

Church of Dio Padre Misericordioso – a jewel of contemporary architecture in a sea of bleak apartment buildings

Churches and chapels

Church of Il Gesù – modesty transformed into lavishness, meaning the stunning salon of the Jesuits

Churches and chapels

Church of Sacro Cuore di Cristo Re, meaning, the beginning of a new era of sacral architecture

Churches and chapels

Church of San Carlo al Corso – grandeur and splendor for an advocate of poverty

Churches and chapels

Church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane – built out of hope and disappointment

Churches and chapels

Church of San Giacomo in Augusta – a pilgrim church for the body and the spirit

Churches and chapels

Church of San Girolamo dei Croati – here, where Jerome debates and preaches

Churches and chapels

Church of San Lorenzo fuori le mura – a pilgrim basilica of admirable beauty

Churches and chapels

Church of San Lorenzo in Fonte – a place of imprisonment and a miraculous conversion

Churches and chapels

Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina – where Christ, joyfully floats up into the heavens

Churches and chapels

Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda – a saint deacon in a pagan temple

Churches and chapels

Church of San Lorenzo in Piscibus – deserted and modernized, yet moving

Churches and chapels

Church of San Marcello al Corso – a church filled with beautiful tombstones

Churches and chapels

Church of San Marco – where Venetians left their artistic mark

Churches and chapels

Church of San Nicola da Tolentino – place, where Augustinians gave out their breads

Churches and chapels

Church of San Nicola in Carcere – a church erected on a pagan cult site

Churches and chapels

Church of San Pietro in Montorio – a place of artistic and religious contemplation

Churches and chapels

Church of San Pietro in Vincoli – a pilgrimage to miraculous chains and a magnificent Moses

Churches and chapels

Church of San Rocco – a church of the poor, the sick and the discarded

Churches and chapels

Church of San Saba – a place filled with the spirit of the Middle Ages

Churches and chapels

Church of San Stefano Protomartire – following in the footsteps of the cult of St. Stephen in Rome

Churches and chapels

Church San Stefano Rotondo – a House of God filled with light and suffering

Churches and chapels

Church of San Vitale – early Christianity and Jesuit propaganda at the busy via Nazionale

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Agata dei Goti – a place of heretical services

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Agnese fuori le mura – a spiritual idyll on the outskirts of the city

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone – a theatre of the senses and a mausoleum of memory

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale – the greatest construction of the ingenious Bernini

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Andrea Catabarbara (nonexistent) – a valuable gift from a barbarian chieftain

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle – a foundation full of splendor and elegance

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte – where posthumously Bernini struggles with Borromini

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola – an area of false impressions and optical illusions

Churches and chapels

Church of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza – refined evidence of architectural genius

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Balbina – a breath of antiquity far away from tourist routes

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Bibiana – an oasis of art in the urban jungle

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Caterina da Siena a Magnanapoli – a breath of Bernini’s art

Churches and chapels

Church Santa Cecilia – early Middle Ages in a Baroque and rococo sauce

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Constanza (the mausoleum of Constantina) – a little known pearl of early Christian art

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli – a church welcoming and guarding pilgrims

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria del Popolo – a treasury of art and a mausoleum of family pride

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria – Baroque art on the move

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria di Loreto – paying a visit to the beautiful martyrs

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria in Aquiro – following the imitators and continuators of Caravaggio

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria in Cappella – the Middle Ages restored anew

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria in Domnica – a place, where the Virgin Mary is held by her foot

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria in Monserrato – the final resting place of two popes of famous reputation

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria in Montesanto – the guardian of a square, an elegant, harmonious and balanced church

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Maria Portea Paradisi – a place reminiscent of a gate to paradise

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Prisca – a church with a pagan underground and a fascinating Christian patron

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Pudenziana – an encounter with the art of late antiquity

Churches and chapels

Church of Santa Sabina – beauty created out of stone, light and prayer

Churches and chapels

Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano – famous for its mosaics and saint doctors

Churches and chapels

Church of Santi Quattro Coronati – where, a mystic aura of the Middle Ages prevails

Churches and chapels

Church of Santissimi Nomi di Gesù e Maria – an emotional theatre of death in a church interior

Public utility buildings

Square Colosseum, meaning an icon of Italian architecture – between propaganda and magic

Commemorative monuments

Arch of Janus – mysterious structure with four façades

Commemorative monuments

The Arch of the Silversmiths – a place of memory erased

Commemorative monuments

Arch of Constantine the Great – an ancient example of artistic recycling

Commemorative monuments

The Triumphant Arch of Emperor Titus – a commemoration of triumph and defeat engraved in stone

Commemorative monuments

Arch of Septimius Severus – a symbol of Roman expansion and dynastic ambitions

Commemorative monuments

Mausoleum of Empress Helena – meaning how to reconcile Christianity with the cult of the emperor

Commemorative monuments

Antinous Obelisk (Pinciano) – pilgrimages of an obelisk of „sinful” provenance

Commemorative monuments

Flaminio Obelisk – a war trophy; the pride of the city, emperor and the pope

Commemorative monuments

Obelisk Macuteo – divine support for the emperor, the pope and the Roman populace

Commemorative monuments

Minerveo Obelisk, meaning the triumph of an elephant over Dominican dogs

Churches and chapels

San Silvestro Oratory – a propaganda leaflet, or a treatise on political harmony?

Public utility buildings

Palazzetto dello Sport – a little pearl of contemporary architecture

Residential and representative buildings

Palazzo Altemps - a refined ambience for a treasury of antique art

Residential and representative buildings

Palazzo Altieri – the pride of a papal family

Residential and representative buildings

Palazzo Barberini – a monument of papal ambitions, of which the likes Rome had never before seen

Residential and representative buildings

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj – a palace famous for its love of art

Residential and representative buildings

Palazzo Mattei di Giove – a salon and an open-air museum

Residential and representative buildings

Palazzo Pamphilj – a residence of a woman of iron will and untamed ambition

Residential and representative buildings

Palazzo Venezia – a residence of popes, ambassadors and Fascists

Temples

Pantheon – a structure divine in every inch

Commemorative monuments

The Statue of Giordano Bruno, meaning the ”black ship of Satan” among flowers, grapes and lettuce

Commemorative monuments

Statue of Giuseppe Mazzini – the delayed work of belle époque

Commemorative monuments

Funerary Monument of the Stuarts – death beautiful until perdition

Bridges

Ponte Duca d’Aosta – a monument of glory to the Italian soldier

Bridges

Ponte Flaminio – a bridge between imperial and Fascist Rome

Bridges

Ponte Rotto – a picturesque ruin from the times of the Republic

Bridges

Ponte Sant'Angelo – a reminder of the Passion of Christ and a warning for bandits

Bridges

Ponte Sisto – do not forget to pray and you shall be rewarded

Bridges

Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II – a bridge glorifying royal virtues

Gates and city walls

Porta del Popolo – a city gate filled with history and art

Temples

The Temple of Hercules – an ancient hero on a cattle market

Temples

The Temple of Portunus – a residence of gods, harlots and saints, meaning a pearl of antiquity

Temples

Temple of Vesta and the House of the Vestals – a luxury of life for the renunciation of life

Public utility buildings

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma – a temple of Italian music

Residential and representative buildings

Villa Farnesina – built with the thought of eternal glory

Residential and representative buildings

Villa Medici – a Florentine and French enclave on Pincio Hill

Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of St. Peter – a painting on the banality of evil

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Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of St. Peter – a painting on the banality of evil

Peter – a humble fisherman from Bethsaida will soon be raised along with the cross to which he has been nailed. He looks on as if in disbelief upon one of the nails, with which his hand has been affixed to the cross. In a short while, the martyrdom of the most important of apostles shall begin, the one whom Christ called the Rock ("upon this Rock, I shall build my Church"). We can see this very rock in a scaled-down form – it is the stone in the foreground. However, it is not this stone that draws our attention, but rather the lonely, helpless man, who is far removed from the image...

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Church of Santa Maria in Cappella – the Middle Ages restored anew

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Church of Santa Maria in Cappella – the Middle Ages restored anew

When I saw the façade of this tiny church for the first time, with its picturesque bell tower (campanile), my intuition told me that in front of my very eyes there is a pearl of subtle beauty and unprecedented atmosphere from centuries long gone. At that time it was completely ruined, while its walls – supported by wooden beams – seemed as if they would fall apart at any moment. The damp, dark interior promised little. As years passed I returned numerous times to this lovely spot on the Trastevere, hoping that one day it would be restored to its proper glory. And so it has c...

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Funerary monument of Maria Clementina Sobieska – the joyful smile of a miserable queen

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Funerary monument of Maria Clementina Sobieska – the joyful smile of a miserable queen

It is one of three funerary monuments, which are located in the Vatican Basilica, which are dedicated to women. That is why, we must pose ourselves the question, what did Maria Clementina Sobieska do to deserve such recognition and find herself among such figures, as Matilda of Canossa or the Queen of Sweden Christina.

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