Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Capitoline insula

The Capitoline insula dates to the first two decades of the 2nd century A.D.It was built up against the rocky slopes of the Campidoglio, which had evened off at the beginning of the previous century with the construction of a wall in reticulated brickwork (opus reticulatum). The building came to light during demolition work in the '30s. The removal of the renaissance and medieval buildings that had sprung up at the foot of the Campidoglio revealed the underlying Roman structures. 

Today four floors remain. What is easily evident from the pavement, going towards the Capitol, is a fresco depicting Christ descended from the cross between the Virgin Mary and St. John the Apostle adorns the facade of the block of flats. It originally embellished the church of St. Rita. The architect Carlo Fontana designed this church from scratch in 1665. 

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