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The Porta del Popolo

Porta del Popolo

The history of the Porta del Popolo is very long and complex. It dates back to Roman times when it consisted of a single arch and was part of the Aurelian walls. To reach its present state, the Porta has undergone a transformation made of three fundamental steps: a 16th-century reconstruction wanted by Pope Pius IV, who shaped the appearance of the external facade (1562-1565); the construction of the internal facade by Bernini, under the impulse of Pope Alexander VII.
As the epigraph, accompanied by the papal coat of arms of the Chigi, recalls, this intervention was carried out in honor of Cristina of Sweden's visit in 1655, following her conversion to Christianity.
In 1879, the Porta was changed to its current structure: the circular towers that flanked the central arch were destroyed to make room for the two lateral arches.


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Porta del Popolo, Piazzale Flaminio
Piazzale Flaminio
41° 54' 42.7464" N, 12° 28' 32.4408" E

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