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... including several created by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci, which are counted among the most impressive frescoes in all of Rome.
Santa Maria dell'Orazione
Skull on the facade
of the Santa Maria
dell'Orazione e Morte
Across the street from the Farnese Palace is the Baroque Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte (Holy Mary of Prayer and Death Church), an ...
... today was completed on 18 November 1626. The current Pope still uses St Peters for services through out the year and draws crowds of 80,000 – 150,000.
After finishing at the Basilica I think I’d had my fair share of religion today. Stopping for an early dinner I was back to collect my bags and make my way to my nights accommodation. I was heading off on a 3 day tours down the coast of ...
... sculpture or painting that had a different meaning. At the main alter there was a ginormous canopy made of bronze that stood as tall as a house, with intricate details placed on every inch. We later learnt while admiring a gorgeous piece of art that every single "painting" in the church was actually a mosaic if you looked closely, and that is why we were allowed to take pictures. The entire family was informed that pilgrims ...
... I and later completed by Pope Julius I History The inscription on the episcopal throne states that it is the first church dedicated to Mary, mother of Jesus, although some claim that privilege belongs to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. In its founding it is certainly one of the oldest churches in the city. A Christian house-church was founded here about 220 by Pope Saint Callixtus I on the site of the Taberna meritoria, an asylum for retired soldiers. ...
... got to the Vatican. We got special entry and didn't have to line up in the general queue. We also got access to the Vatican museum and the Bramante Staircase that is not available to the general public. We also had a local expert providing commentary during our tour, using an audio headset which turned out to be very useful when you have so many people wandering through the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.
A couple of times we picked up ...