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Walking through the streets of historic Rome, you often see little altars on the corners of the buildings, with images of the Madonna. They are, in fact, known as madonnelle and they have been popular since the Middle Ages. The oldest of these small monuments trace the history of the various districts, of the Virgin cult, and celebrate local miracles. There are probably about a hundred of these madonnelle in Rome, mostly in the older districts like Trevi, Parione, Regola and Sant'Eustachio. Every altar bears an inscription explaining the reason for this little votive monument.
Chiesa di San Giuliano dei Fiamminghi is a church located in the capital city of Rome, Italy. The church was built in the 18th Century inspired by the baroque architecture. The entrance door has a black statue of St Julian the Hospitaller surrounded by the shields of the Four Members. The interior of the church is elliptical in shape and houses several art works, mostly belonging to the 18th Century.
Palazzo Caetani stands at 32, Via delle Botteghe Oscure. It was built for Alessandro Mattei in the middle of the 16th Century in all probability by either Nanni di Baccio Bigi or Lippi. Before entering the possession of the Caetani (the dukes of Sermoneta and princes of Teano), it had belonged to many other families: for example, in the 17th Century, it was owned by the Negroni; then by the Durazzo family for a century; after that it became the property of several other families in succession. The three-floor palace has a large portal that dominates the late Renaissance façade. Inside there are two large courts, the first surrounded by columns and pillars, the other with a fountain formed by a sarcophagus and ancient sculptures.
Santissime Stimmate di San Francesco is a church located in the capital city of Rome, Italy. The church was built in the year 1714 over an existing church from the late 13th Century. Influenced by baroque and rococo architecture, the church is an architectural masterpiece. The interiors are equally splendid decorated with frescoes, paintings and many other art works. The church is accessible only during eucharistic celebrations.
Santi Benedetto e Scholastica is a church located in the capital city of Rome, Italy. The church was established in the 17th Century at an already existing chapel and is one of the smallest churches in Rome. The interiors of the church were restored in the 19th Century and are dominated by green color. The altar depicts a painting of the patrons and has an image of Mother Mary with baby Jesus on a glass window.
This lovely fountain from the late 16th Century was ordered by the Mattei family to Giacomo della Porta's design. The statues, on the other hand, are by Taddeo Landini. The turtles that gave their name to the fountain, the work of an anonymous sculptor, were added only a century later. Some think that their creator may even be Bernini, but the evidence is thin; it was perhaps one of his pupils, which would justify any similarities between this work and the work of the illustrious sculptor.
There are many streets and squares in the city, Piazza del Gesù being one of them. It is home to several historical structures and buildings like Chiesa del Gesù, Casa Professa, Palazzo Cenci-Bolognetti and so forth. Do take a stroll around this lovely square that is always busy and bustling.
Abbot Luigi is a statue located in the capital city of Rome, Italy. It is one of the six unique statues that were erected during the 14th and 15th Centuries. These bunch of statues are known as the talking statues as they have satirical inscriptions on them. The statue has been located at the piazza Vidoni since 1924.