Chiesa dI Santa Maria in Aracoeli

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Piazza Campidoglio, Rome, Italy
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Chiesa dI Santa Maria in Aracoeli Dec 26, 2011
508 BC First census of Rome

Fact about the census: “Census is an old Roman word describing the way the roman population was to be counted every 5 years. This was done to enable the government to collect taxes and know how big an army you would be able to raise to handle the enemies of Rome. One of the most famous census in the history is the one in which Jesus was counted during the reign of Augustus. But the tradition of the Roman census go back to 508 BC when Rome had a population of 130.000.”

The Chiesa di Santa Maria in Aracoeli is an old church from the 6th century - it is built on the top of the Capitoline Hill on the place where according to legend the Tributine Sybil told August about the birth of Jesus. You’ll have great view of Rome from just outside the church - and the main reason to go into the church is actually because it is right next to you if you should decide to walk up the hill for the view of Rome or go and visit the Capitolino Museum next door.

The church is nicely decorated inside with a roof covered in gold and the main alter of the church is nicely decorated with some frescoes. Some of the frescoes inside the church should be made by some famous artist - but I am not sure which one. I only went in to the church to have a quick look around so I am not sure if I actually took note of those frescoes. This is one of those things happening in Rome there is something really famous next to you and you don’t realize what it is - maybe you’ll have more luck identifying the frescoes if you go for the church.
Inside the church
The roof
Statue inside the church
The main alter
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sylviandavid says:
it is a huge problem going into these churches to know which paintings are by famous people. And then you find out later and think...Hmmmm did I see it. We had the same problem... Like this review.
Posted on: Feb 10, 2012
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