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56. Relaxing on History and Art

Updated: Mar 21, 2020

By - Giulio D'Ercole

The girl relaxing at the door step of Saint Mary in Aquiro, listening to the music coming from her third millennium cell phone, probably she does not know that she is actually lying down on a church that was first built in beween 398 and 402, by Pope Anastasio I. Probably the girl does not even know that the church boasts other past glories, such as the fact of having being restored and embellished in 731 by Pope Gregory III, or that inside it there are works of art, sculptures and paintings produced in three centuries of history, from 1600 to 1800.

In 1540 Saint Mary in Aquiro's church was entrusted by Paul III to the Brotherhood of Orphans, who found in the house annexed to the temple a place for his assistants, to solve the serious problem of the orphans (consequence of the Sack of Rome in 1527), giving them an education and health care.

So, basically, one can surely sit down and relax in Rome, most Romans do..... but just be aware that what might seem a simple step to you, and therefor is a good place where to rest your tired bones and muscles, most likely is at least 30 times your age and it is the bearer of an amazing amount of history, during which lives of emperors, popes and artists intertwined.

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