Fountains

Fountains

Fontana dei Catecumeni – a café under the open sky

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

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

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

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

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

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Fontana del Prigione – but where is the prisoner?

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

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

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Fontana della Rotonda – a work of papal ambitions and persistence

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Fontana delle Amfore – a picturesque relict of Fascist times

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Fontana delle Tartarughe - meaning more haste less speed

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Fontana di Marforio – peregrinations of an ancient statue

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

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

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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