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Piazza del Popolo in Rome (Italy)

Address: Tridente nr Piazza Del Popolo
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Country: Italy (see more Square in Italy)
City: Rome (see more Square in Rome)
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The Piazza del Popolo is one of the most famous squares of Rome. In Spanish name translates as People's Square. We discuss if this name comes from the chapel that stood in 1099 the people of Rome on the site where today stands the convent of Santa Maria del Popolo or the abundance of poplars in this area (poplar is Pioppo in Italian and Latin populus) . The Plaza is located at the north gate of the Aurelian Walls were, where once stood the Porta Flaminia, just the beginning of the Via Flaminia, which in imperial times was the main road to the north. The current design of the square is the neoclassical style by the architect Giuseppe Valadier between 1811 and 1822, who dealt with the demolition of some buildings in order to give the square of two semicircles harmonious. This design breaks with the trapezoidal shape centered on the Via Flaminia from the old square, instead of him, the two semicircles are clearly reminiscent of St. Peter's Square, Bernini An Egyptian obelisk dedicated to Ramses II, brought from Heliopolis stands in the center of the square. The obelisk Flaminio, as it is known, is the second oldest and one of the highest in Rome with 24 meters, or 36 counting the pedestal. Its former location in the Circus Maximus, dating from 10 BC by Emperor Augustus. Domenico Fontana chose to place it in the center in 1589 as part of the urban plan sponsored by Pope Sixtus V. Previously, a fountain decorated the center of the square, the source is located in Piazza Nicosia where he moved in 1818, when Egyptian inspiration added to the base of the obelisk.
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