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Tomb of Nicholas IV

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Nicholas IV, the first Franciscan pope, was originally buried in the right side aisle of S. Maria Maggiore at his personal request. However, the tomb was moved and almost forgotten until discovered in 1573. Cardinal Felice Peretti commissioned a new…

Villa Montalto

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Tomb of Urban VII

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Urban VII, notable for having the shortest papacy in history, was originally buried in St. Peter's Basillica. However, he was reburied in 1606 in S. Maria sopra Minerva. The tomb is considered to have been of the conventional manner of the time. The…

Antonio da Sangallo's plan

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Sangallo's plan presented a major cross and four lesser crosses, all surrounded by domes. His plan was a compromise between a Greek and a Latin cross. Three ends of the cross became apses. Bell towers at the ends of the facade rose to the same height…

The Martyrdom of St. Januarius in the Amphitheater at Pozzuoli

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This painting was one of many completed for the choir of the Duomo at Pozzuoli. Artemisia completed three paintings- Saints Proculus and Nicea, The Martyrdom of St. Januarius, and The Adoration of the Magi. Lanfranco, Stanzione, Cesare Francanzano,…

Blending into the Courtyard

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A courtyard with Late Renaissance architecture.

St. Peter's Basilica

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Old St. Peter's was built in the early 4th century to memorialize the burial place of St. Peter. When the papacy returned from Avignon, the Vatican was selected to be the official seat of the papacy. The renovation of the church began during the…

Fontana del Tritone

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The famous fountain sculpted by Bernini

Fontana della Barcaccia

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The famous fountain sculpted by Bernini

Piazza & Colonnade

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Piazza in front of St. Peter's Basilica: two arcades forming short ends of an elliptical shape created by the intersection of two circles, centered around the Vatican Obelisk.