Monday, 31 December 2007

Another Rome - Monselice

In 1606 Pope Paul V sanctioned a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Seven Churches in Monselice as carrying the equivalent plenary indulgences of a pilgrimage to the seven Roman basilicas. The design of this analogous interpretation of Rome situated on a hillside in the Veneto plain was entrusted to Vincenzo Scamozzi, and consists of frescoed chapels and a final theatrical sanctuary where elaborately clothed skeletons act the roles of assorted saints and martyrs.

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