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«Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam» (A thousand roads lead mankind forever to Rome), Alain de Lille.
«Mille viae ducunt homines per saecula Romam» (A thousand roads lead mankind forever to Rome), Alain de Lille.

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Since 1546 #Michelangelo was appointed by pope Paolo III at the head of Fabbrica di San Pietro to continue and hopefully bring to an end the complex renovating works involving the sacred basilica. Among various inventive projects, he designed the dome, probably conceiving its interior as an hemisphere vibrantly constituted by plastic ribs and crowned by a lantern. Michelangelo's original project was then completed with some variations following his death #OnThisDay in 1564 in #Rome. #Michelangelo455
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#Michelangelo Buonarroti, great artist who was sculptor, painter, architect and also poet, died #OnThisDay in 1564 in #Rome. #Michelangelo455
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#OnThisDay in 1600, tried for heresy by the Inquisition, Filippo Bruno, known as Giordano Bruno, died burnt at the stake in Campo de' Fiori, #Rome.
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San Valentino died #OnThisDay in 273 in #Rome. Here's "Saint Valentino baptizing Saint Lucilla", painted on canvas by Jacopo Bassano around ca. 1575 and housed in Bassano del Grappa, Museo Civico. #14febbraio #Valentines⁠ ⁠ #SanValentino #SaintValentine #ValentineDay
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Inside the chiesa di Santa Maria in Vallicella in #Rome, the altarpiece made of slate was painted between 1606 and 1608 ca. by Pieter Paul Rubens and it represents adoring angels and cherubs to enclose the old fresco depicting the sacred image of the Virgin Mary with Child as Nikopoia icon, retained behind the central panel. An ingenious system of pulleys and ropes was conceived to allow the copper central panel representing the Madonna with Child painted by Rubens to theatrically move revealing the underlying fresco on special occasions.
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The rich interior of the chiesa di Santa Maria in Vallicella in #Rome conserves a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, called the "Madonna della Vallicella" or "Madonna vallicelliana", that is a 14th century fresco which, according to the tradition, was detached following a miracle and moved inside this church around 1574.
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The elaborate tambour of the chiesa di Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza by Francesco Borromini (ca. 1642-1660) is crowned by a spiral which recalls the evocative Tower of Babel. This poetic vision shapes the dome in a liquid movement accelerating until it dissolves itself in the blue sky through the aerial design of the iron sphere and the uppermost cross. #Rome
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The round lines characterizing the chiesa di Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza by Francesco Borromini, ca. 1642-1660, involve you in a twisting movement of water waves up to the sky. #Rome
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The capital of Italy was moved from Firenze to Roma #OnThisDay in 1871.
#Florence #Rome #Italy
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«Go thou to Rome,—at once the Paradise, / The grave, the city, and the wilderness; / And where its wrecks like shattered mountains rise, / And flowering weeds, and fragrant copses dress / The bones of Desolation's nakedness / Pass, till the spirit of the spot shall lead /…
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