Incredibly fine carving of travertine, as seen in the recently cleaned column capitals.
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The beautifully proportioned facade of Eglise Saint Nicholas Des Lorrains in Rome dates to 1632. It is the work of Lorrain Francois du Jardin, and was built with travertine taken from the ruins of the antique stadium of Domitien, on whose foundations the church now stands.
08/10: Rome - General
At the Piazza Navona, income from advertising mounted onto the scaffolding pays for restoration.
08/10: Rome - Trinite des Monts
Trinite des Monts (Trinita dei Monti) is at the top of the Spanish Steps and behind the Roman obelisk. The sculpture in the foreground dates to 1627-29 and is attributed to Pietro Bernini, father of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the famous scupltor and architect. All over Rome are water fountains and sculptures, fed by the aquifer and unbelievably clean water.
01/10: Week 2 - Rome
The French government owns a surprising number of architectural wonders in Rome: the Villa Medici that has housed the Academy of France in Rome for over 200 years, several churches (Eglises), as well as the Palais Farnese, the French Embassy in Rome since 1874. I am forever grateful to Didier, Thomas, Augustin, Agnes, and Francoise for an amazing and unique introduction to the many, many wonders of Rome.