Piazza del Popolo, Rome

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    Porta del Popolo

    by Julius_Caesar Written Apr 23, 2005

    The via Flaminia, built in 220 BC to connect Rome with Italy’s Adriatic coast, enters the city at Porta del Popolo, a grand 16th-century gate built on the orders of Pope Pius IV Medici. The architect, Nanni di Baccio Bigio, modeled it on a Roman triumphal arch. The outer face has statues of St Peter and St Paul on either side of the arch, a huge Medici coat of arms above and columns which come form the ancient constantinian basilica of St Paul.

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    S. Maria dei Miracoli and S. Maria in Montesanto

    by Julius_Caesar Written Apr 1, 2005

    The two churches at the south end of Piazza del Popolo were designed by the architect Carlo Rainaldi, proof that he could be as ingenious as his contemporaries Bernini and Borromini. To provide a focal point for the piazza, the churches had to look symmetrical, but the site on the left was narrower than that on the right. Rainaldi solved the problem by giving S. Maria dei Miracoli a circular dome and S. Maria in Montesanto an oval one, cleverly squeezing it into the narrower site, while the sides of the supporting drums that face the piazza are identical.

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    This is not mine.

    by Buckz Written Mar 9, 2005

    This is a fabulous Piazza, but it needs a new centrepiece. The Obelisk was stolen from the Temple of Karnak, and they would like it back. Another Obelisk stolen from Karnak is in Place de la Concord in Paris. They want that one back too.
    It was the practice of the time to steal treasures from all over the world (but especially Greece and Egypt) but it sould now be the practice of our time to return such treasures.

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    Piazza del Popolo

    by Julius_Caesar Written Feb 2, 2005

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    Piazza del Popolo forms a grand symmetrical antechamber to the heart of Rome. Twin Neo-Classical facades stand on either side of the Porta del Popolo; an Egyptian obelisk rises in the centre; and the twin churches of S.Maria dei Miracoli and S.Maria di Montesano flank the beginning of via del Corso.

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    Rome's architectural beauty at its best

    by aaaarrgh Written Jan 26, 2005

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    Piazza del Popolo is a magical square and a great place to meet. In the middle is a large fountain which is a good place to sit, eat your lunch and admire the view.

    What is so wonderfully impressive are the two (almost) identical Renaissance churches, placed either side of the entrance to the square. Both dedicated to Santa Maria. They make a beautiful photo or (as you can see) a good subject to sketch.

    Between the churches runs Via del Corso, Rome's main shopping street - my favorite. Dead straight, a product of early C16th urban replanning. Full of expensive shops, shoppers and shoppers' cafe's.

    On the north side of the square is a third, smaller church of Santa Maria. Worth a look for its artworks.

    an artist's impression ;-)
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    Piazza del Popolo

    by sue_stone Written Nov 8, 2004

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    Piazza del Popolo is a large piazza that was originally the site of festivals and public executions.

    It is home to four Egyptian-style lion fountains and one of Rome's oldest Obelisks. At one end of the square there are 2 symmetrical churches.

    It is located close to the Villa Borghese and not far from Piazza di Spagna.

    We wandered up here for a look and were impressed by the Piazza's spaciousness and variety of features.

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    Piazza del Popolo

    by chiara76 Written Nov 7, 2004

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    The place with the Egyptian obelisk, nice fountains and few nice Churches like the Church Santa Maria del Popolo where you can see two great paintings of Carravagio.
    There are also two churches called Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Monte Santo which close the street Via del Corso.
    The gate on this square was designed by Michael Angelo.

    The square.
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    1658 - twin churches.

    by belgianchocolate Written Jul 18, 2004

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    In 1658 ,' pope Alexander VII' ordered the design
    for these two churches.'Carlo Rainaldi'
    was the chosen one. He had to be creative.
    The pope wanted an harmonious square
    with two churches.
    the 'Santa Maria in Monsanto' on the left and
    on the other side of the via del Corso the
    'santa Maria in Montesanto'.

    But the surface for both churches wasn't the
    same. The space for the 'Santa maria in
    Montesanto' was smaller then for the other
    church. That is why one on the left has an
    oval dome and the 'Santa Maria dei Miracoli'
    has a round one.

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    1589 - The Flaminio Obelisk

    by belgianchocolate Written Jul 18, 2004

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    If you have ver been in Rome you know there
    are a lot of 'obelisks' decorating the squares.
    Well if you rule the world you can take whatever
    you want with you? True or false.

    The one on 'Piazza del Popolo' comes from
    Heliopolis where 'Seti I and Ramses II' had
    placed it in front of the temple of the sun.
    We are talking 1200 years before our calender
    even started.

    'Augustus 'still neede some decoration for his
    'Circus Maximus.' After the emperor it was the
    pope who had an eye on this obelisk and in
    1589 'Sictus V'b placed it on the Piazza del Popolo.

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    Wandering through Rome

    by LilithClaire Written Jul 6, 2004

    On our first day, wandering through Rome (Lorelei Gilmore-style) we came to the Piazzo del Popolo. Some great architecture, and an interesting story behind the twin churches. In one of them we heard a lovely guitar soloist (the music was lovely, not the soloist himself.)

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    The Vatican

    by EGitan Written Jun 5, 2004

    The Vatican museum was amazing. The sistine chapel itself was incredible, but the art will take your breath away. What more can I say. It was the highlight of our trip. The line to get in can be long so go early.

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    Piazza del Popolo

    by Polly74 Updated May 20, 2004

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    The southern end of the square marks the start of three major streets: V.d. Corso, which runs to P. Venezia; V.d. Ripetta on the right, built by Leo X for service to the Vatican; and V.d. Babuino on the left. Outside the Porta del Popolo (Bernini designed its southern facade) is an entrance to the Villa Borghese.

    The church of Santa Maria del Popolo with its many works of Caravaggio, the twin baroque churches and the obelisque of RamsesII all contribute to the beauty and importance of this square.
    However, this square has a more sinister past funtioning as a theatre for public executions in the 18° and 19° centuries

    Just sit in the sun, under the obelisque you find in the middle of the square, and look around...it would be interesting!

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    Piazza del Popolo

    by kazander Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    The "twin" churches the Santa Maria dei Miracoli (right) and the Santa Maria in Montesanto (left) are located in the Piazza del Popolo. One is actually a bit smaller than the other. Also located here is a large Egyptian obelisk.
    A big beautiful square located in the heart of Rome!

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    Porta del Popolo

    by tompt Written Feb 5, 2004

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    One of the younger gates into the centre of Rome is the Porta del Popola. The road under it is the Via Flaminia, made in 220 to connect Rome with the sea. The gate is 16th century, designed by Nanni di Baccio Bigio.

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    twin churches

    by tompt Written Feb 5, 2004

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    At the piazza del Popolo you will find two simular churches. It are the Santa Maria dei Miracoli (right) and the Santa Maria in Montesanto (left).
    Both churches were designed by Carlo Reinaldi (1611-1691). Both plots were not equal in size, but he just made a round dome at the right church and an oval one at the left church. That solved the problem.

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