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    Capitol Square (Piazza del Campidoglio)

    Capitol Square

    Capitol Square

    This square is located on top of Capitol Hill.
    In antiquity, it was an important place of worship dedicated to Roman gods, with a large Temple of Jupiter which has since disappeared. Today it is the seat of the municipality of Rome.

    This place was designed in the second half of the sixteenth century by Michelangelo who remodeled the facades of the existing buildings and designed the monumental staircase that accesses it.

    Square in shape, it is framed by three main buildings: the Senatorial Palace (Palazzo Senatorio, on the right hand side of the square), which was completed by Giacomo dalla Porta and Rinaldi: this is the Town Hall; Palazzo dei Conservatori, built by Guidetti and Dalla Porta, the home of the Capitoline Picture Gallery, part of the Capitoline Museums (left side of the square); Palazzo Nuovo built by the Rinaldi brothers in the seventeenth century and home to the part of the Capitoline Museums hosting classical Greek and Roman classical works.

    In the center is a copy of the bronze equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (120-180), which stands 2.7 meters or nearly 9 foot tall.

    On either side of the stairway, at the top, stand the colossal statues of demigod brothers Castor and Pollux, sons of Jupiter.

    Descending from the square and turning around, a huge door can be seen atop the diverging stairway. It’s that of the medieval church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, which dates back to the fourth century.This was rebuilt in Romanesque-Gothic style by the Franciscans in the thirteenth century. Inside, an important fresco describes the story of the life of Saint Bernard.

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