Santi Marcellino and Pietro Church Rome

The Santi Marcellino and Pietro Church in Rome is a small church on the corner of the Via Labicana and the Via Merulana, at a couple of minutes’ walking distance from the Colosseum. The first version of the church, which now is several metres below the present street level, was constructed in the 4th century.

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Cisterna delle Sette Sale Rome

In the Colle Oppio park near the Colosseum in Rome there are some ruins of the Terme di Traiano (Baths of Trajan), which were constructed for the emperor by Apollodoro in 110 AD. Near the southern entrance to the park, across from the parking lot, the Cisterna delle Sette Sale is visible. This is the cistern where the water for the baths was collected. Continue reading “Cisterna delle Sette Sale Rome”

Esquilino Obelisk Rome

The Esquilino Obelisk is located in the center of the Piazza dell’Esquilino in Rome. It is almost 15 meters tall and is a Roman imitation of an Egyptian original. Originally it probably stood near the Mausoleum of Augustus.

Esquilino Obelisk Rome

Address: Piazza dell’Esquilino. Opening hours and admission: The Esquilino Obelisk is visible from outside.

History and description

Esquilino Obelisk

In 1587 the Obelisco Esquilino was placed on the Piazza dell’Esquilino, on the Via Cavour side of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

There are no inscriptions on the sides.

The obelisk was found in the Via San Rocco, unfortunately broken into several pieces. Before that it probably embellished the Mausoleo di Agosto, in the company of another obelisk, which nowadays can be found on the Piazza del Quirinale.

The pieces of one of these obelisks were dug up in the year 1519. The architects Baldassarre Peruzzi and Antonio da Sangallo made drawings of the pieces, which were then placed somewhere along the Via di Ripetta.

In 1585 Domenico Fontana was commissioned with the task of moving the obelisk to the Piazza dell’Esquilino.

Esquilino Obelisk Rome
Esquilino Obelisk

He had been ordered to do this by Pope Sixtus V, whose coat of arms (the mountains and the star) can be seen at the top of the monument.

The spot was probably chosen because it was near the entrance to the Villa Montalto Peretti, which was owned by the Pope. This villa, of which very little remains, at the time took up a great part of the district.

At the time the obelisk was at the end of a street called the Via Felice, Felice being the Pope’s real name. The Via Felice, once finished, ran all the way from the Spanish Steps to the Santa Croce in Gerusalemme Church.

Piazza dell’Esquilino – Rome

Roman Monuments Monti District Rome

Since Rome‘s Monti District is one of the most central neighborhoods of the city it is not surprising that there are several Roman ruins within its borders. Especially the area in and around the Colle Oppio Park is full of ancient monuments. Other important excavations can be viewed along the Via dei Fori Imperiali. Continue reading “Roman Monuments Monti District Rome”

Saint John Lateran Basilica Rome

The Saint John Lateran Basilica (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano) is the Cathedral of Rome. Until the Pope came back from Avignon and took up abode in Saint Peter’s Basilica, it was the most important Christian church in the world. The original church was built by Constantine, who was the first Christian emperor. Continue reading “Saint John Lateran Basilica Rome”

Sant’Andrea al Quirinale Church Rome

Saint Andrew at the Quirinal (Italian: Sant’Andrea al Quirinale) is a church on the Quirinal Hill in the Monti district of Rome. It is located across the road from the Palazzo del Quirinale, seat of the Italian President. Its architect Bernini used strong and dynamic curves for the oval interior of the church. Continue reading “Sant’Andrea al Quirinale Church Rome”

San Clemente Basilica Rome

The Basilica of San Clemente in Laterano in Rome was built in the 4th century, on top of an already existing church. This church in turn had been constructed on top of the ruins of an ancient temple dedicated to the heathen God Mithras. The church itself is particularly worth a visit for its magnificent mosaics and the chapel in honour of Saint Catherine of Alexandria with its frescoes by Masolino. Continue reading “San Clemente Basilica Rome”

Via Nazionale Rome

The Via Nazionale is one of Rome‘s most important (shopping) streets and connects the Piazza della Repubblica with Trajan’s Forum. It stops at Largo Magnanapoli. It cuts through two of Rome’s riones, Castro Pretorio and Monti.

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