Asked to design or rearrange capitoline square, Michelangelo re-architected this famous area for culture and government in the shape of a square/trapezoid.
Among the buildings here include the national archives of Rome (dating back 2000 years) and a national museum, Capitoline Museum, the oldest in the world.
1. Famous steps for weddings,built in 1348 as thanks to the BVM for removing the pestilence from the city.
2. A close up of the “Capitol building” sometimes called a “typewriter” for its boxy shape.
3. Statues at the top of the square steps. (These steps were specially designed for horse carriages to mount.)
4. It was Romes 2,766 birthday on this Sunday so there was a special performance by Italy’s special forces. (Our guide kept calling it the “Christmas of Rome”)
5. It was an exclusive area. This apartment belongs to Sophia Lauren.
St. Paul was under “house arrest” when in Rome. This is the location where (or near where) he was imprisoned. He would have been chained to his guard but otherwise relatively free in his movements and associations. The Bible describes the Gospel he preached at this time in his ministry as going forth unhindered.
1. A street behind the piaza Sao Paulo Regulo. (Regulo means “sand” because this is near the Tiber river.) 2. The rear / “front entrance” of the church.
3. A street sign
4. A lovely door in the piaza
5. A closer picture of the church.
San Gio was the home of the pope for 13 centuries before the Vatican was built. This is the location where Luther would have come first to Rome to see the pope; here is the site of the famous steps some Catholics climb on their knees. And which are still covered with walnut shells.
San Gio palace has been cut to make way for a road. But the church is still there along with the famous pine come door (which will help you get pregnant of you touch one of the pine comes) and a massive statue of Constantine.