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Santa Maria in Aracoeli

The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven, on the highest summit of the Campidoglio hill -
reached by climbing a massive flight of some 120 stairs that dates from the Jubilee Year of 1350.

Built on the ruins of earlier temples, and formerly the home of Juno's sacred geese - credited
with saving Rome from a surprise night attack by the Gauls in the C4th BC.

Usually it's possible to leave by the right transept, to continue on to the Capitoline museums.
Unadorned facade of Santa Maria
Unadorned facade of Santa Maria
Overlooked by a modern intruder
Overlooked by a modern intruder
Bronze statue of Cola di Rienzo
Bronze statue of Cola di Rienzo
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t4%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f143406847.sPuVJg27.jpg t4%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f143406846.2ibysFqi.jpg Funeral of St. Bernardino of Siena
Funeral of St. Bernardino of Siena
Pinturicchio - three saints
Pinturicchio - three saints