Over the gates of Fort Lovrijenac one can find yet another variation of the city’s ever present motto: “Non Bene Pro Toto Libertas Venditur Auro” or “Liberty is not well sold for all the gold”. Continue reading Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik
A small square opens to you when you enter the historic center through the Pila Gate. In the center of the square stands the round Onofrio’s Fountain.
Continue reading The Large Onofrio’s Fountain in Dubrovnik
The Tiber flooded the Ara Pacis Augustae Altar for years, covering it in layers and layers of mud until it was four meters underground. The first fragments of the temple, mentioned in ancient literature many times, were discovered in the 16th century, underneath San Lorenzo in Lucina, a basilica behind Palazzo Montecitorio or present-day Italian Parliament.
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The first chapel left of the altar in the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo is the Cerasi Chapel with two famous paintings by Caravaggio, Crucifixion of St. Peter (1600) and Conversion on the to Damascus (1601). Caravaggio’s grotesque and extremely realistic compositions caused a lot of public controversy. Continue reading Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of Saint Peter
This monumental church was designed by Michelangelo in 1561. It is 295 ft (90 m) long and 88 ft (27 m) wide, going 98 ft (30 m) in the air. It could have gone even higher, if Michalangelo had not leveled the floor with the street Continue reading Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
Some say if you count famous and relevant people, this is the most densely occupied area in the world. Many British, Russian, German, American and Italian poets, writers, sculptors, painters, diplomats and scientists were buried in this cemetery, sometimes in extravagantly decorated tombs.
Continue reading Protestant Cemetery in Rome is the most densely occupied area in the world
St. Peter’s Square is one of the most monumetal squares in Europe. It was made by a great Baroque artist and architect, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Pope Alexander VII asked Bernini to design a monumental square in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in 1656, taking into account the already existing structures. We are talking about two things: Continue reading The perfect proportion of the St. Peter’s Square of Vatican City State
The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world and the biggest closed structure Romans ever built. For the grand opening ceremony, games with gladiator fights, naval battles and animal fights were scheduled for a period of a hundred days. During that time, more than 5,000 animals were killed.
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Mozart in Vienna – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent ten final years of his life in Vienna. He composed his most important works in Vienna.
In his short life Mozart composed over 600 works and was, among Haydn and Beethoven, one of the most important composers of the Viennese Classical Period.