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Museum for one Object – Ara Pacis Augustae

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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Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of Saint Peter

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

Protestant Cemetery in Rome is the most densely populated area in the world

Some say if you count famous and relevant people, this is the most densely populated 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.
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