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The Spanish Steps - Rome

The Spanish steps - Scalla di Spagna (or Scalinata della Trinita' dei Monti) is one of the favorite meeting places in Rome both for Tourists and the citizens of Rome.

The steps were built as a proposal from Cardinal Mazarin, an advisor to Louis XIV of France, but it took a hundred years of controversy with the pope until it was finally built in 1725.

The steps leeds to the French church Trinita dei Monti at the top.

The fountain on the Piazza di Spagna is called Fontana della Barcaccia. It is from 1588 and was constructed by Pietro Bernini, and his more famous son Gian Lorenzo.

When you look to the right of the steps you can see the house where John Keats died in 1821.

The area has some great Hotels like the Great Plaza but perhaps the most famous is The Inn at The Spanish Steps where Hans Christian Andersen used to live when he visited Rome

If you look to the right you can see a column at the end of the street. It was erected in 1856 to commemorate the Catholic dogma of the Immaculate Conception proclaimed by Pius IX. The column, which was found under a monastery in 1777, has a statue of the Virgin Mary at the top. The pope is visiting it every year on December 8th to celebrate what is called the Immaculate Conception.

LINKS:

The Spanish Steps from Great Buildings.com

Roma Piazza di Spagna

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