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Piazza del Popolo in Rome

Piazza del Popolo in Rome is a large square and in the center you find an giant Egyptian obelisk.

At the square a wall marks the boundary of the ancient Rome. Piazza del Popolo and it is surrounded by two churches and one of them, Santa Maria del Popolo, plays a central role in the book "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown. The church and contains many art treasures and has becom one of the more polular sight & attractions in Rome.

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The Square with the obelisk and a small church. At the square you also find the church of Santa Maria del Popolo, one of the places that Robert Langdon visits in the book "Angels and Demons" (not visible in the picture).

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The view across the square from the top of the Pincio hill. When I was there they had som sort of military show.

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Statue inspired by the Egyptian culture.
In the background to the left you get a glimpse of Santa Maria del Popolo

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Close picture of the Egyptian obelisk that originally stood on the Circus Maximus, another faomus place in Rome.





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On the roof of the edge of the square next to the Pincio, you can find these "Eagledragons".

They seems to be a hungry..

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Fact about Piazza del Popolo:

The architect Giuseppe Valadier gave the square the current appearance in 1816th.

In the middle of the square is a large Egyptian obelisk that Agustus originally had placed in the Circus Maximus.
Later it was moved to the current locations on Piazza del Popolo.

The road Via del Corso ends here at a wall that also marks the boundary of the ancient Rome.

Church of Santa Maria del Popolo is also placed at the square (it was unfortunately closed when we were there). It contains many important works. Pinturicchio, birth of Christ, Raphael's, Chigi Cappela (completed by Bernini), Part Piombos Mary's birth and Jonah and the whale that Raphael drew and also a few sculptures by Bernini.
The Pope Alexander VI, is also buried in the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. He was one of Martin Luther's opponents.

In the 50 and 60 - century the square and the surroundings was a popular place. Rosati was a rallying point for the people who lived the "La dolce vita" (the sweet life). Film Directors (both real and those who pretended to be), producers and film stars gathered here before they went on to spend the evening and night at Vie Veneto.
It is still possible to dream back to this time when you visit Rosati.


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