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BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE
Rome

Interior
The Sistine Chapel - The Tabernacle by Ricci (1590)
The grandiose Sistine Chapel in the left wing of the transept was designed by the architect Domenico Fontana in the 2nd half of the 16th century for the Pope Sixtus V, who had expressed a desire to be buried here. The chapel was dedicated in the name of the Pope, who completely changed the urbanistic aspect of Rome. ince the return od the Popes from the Avignonese exile 2 centuries earlier, the city had been enriched and embellished considerably by beautiful churches and grandiose buildings, but it had retained its web of Medieval streets. Thanks to the work of Domenico Fontana, Sixtus V changed the aspect of the city and earned himself a place in the history. The architect therefore dedicated this Greek-cross shaped chapel, surmounted by a frescoed dome, with a High Altar and a late 16th century ciborium in the shape of a small temple. Both the monument in memory of Sixtus V and that of St Pius V, the Pope under whom the Lepanto war (1571) was fought were built by Domenico Fontana.
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Feb 09 2007 17:54 GMT Pietje
Wonderful serie nice work Litz
Feb 09 2007 18:05 GMT LizSA
Wonderful work...Litz...thankyou for this informations....it makes the
photo so much more special.......
"""I can not try and imagine how rich the church must have been in those
years to build these """"
Feb 09 2007 18:10 GMT Parens
Beautifully!

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