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  • Engravings by Piranesi (Other Images Sources)

    Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was an Italian engraver. He was famous even in his own times because of his very detailed and precise engravings of Rome in the 18th century, and especially for his pictures of the ancient ruins found in the city and surroundings … [Read more]

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  • Basilica of Saint Peter (Vatican City State)

    The Basilica of Saint Peter is the most important place of worship in the Catholic Church. According to tradition it is built on top of the tomb of Saint Peter, and archaeological remains consistent with this tradition has been unearthed below the church … [Read more]

  • Saint Peter's Square (Vatican City State)

    Saint Peter's Square is the circular piazza in front of the Basilica of St. Peter. When the current church was built in the 16th century, the square was mostly square. Later pope Alexandre VII employed Gian Lorenzo Bernini with reordering the square. He added the circular colonnade and the two fountains, but kept the ancient Egyptian obelisk in the centre … [Read more]

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