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Bounded by the Via Trionfale, Via Tommaso Campanella, Via Bernardino Telesio and Via Giordano Bruno, the large police garage is ochre in color. It was designed by Vinaccia in the 1930s when the rest of the area was also built. It is used as accommodation for the police as well as for parking their vehicles. The main entrance is on the corner of Via Trionfale and Via Campanella below an overhang supported by grooved half-columns over which a large tower stands. The tower is decorated with columns, bas-reliefs and three large statues inspired by classical models in niches. The statues appear to represent Apollo di Belvedere and Ercole Farnese. Two small, non-working fountains stand between the corner cylinder and the two façades in a state of neglect. The façades of the building are classically inspired as seen by the statues, sculptures, bas-reliefs and drums.
A beautiful and notable structure, the Gregorian Tower dates back to the 16th Century and was built for astronomical studies. The tower underwent several developments across various years. It has amazing architecture and the interior was designed with intricate features. It was also known as the 'Tower of Winds' in the olden days.
Inside the Vatican Museums you will find the Cortile della Pigna between the Sistine Salon, the Museo Chiaramonti, the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Museo Pio-Clementino and the Museo Gregoriano Egizio. The cortile is part of Bramante's Belvedere courtyard and was given the name because of the large bronze pinecone in front of the large niche. It was actually mentioned by Dante in, The Divine Comedy. It dates from the Roman era and was found in Agrippa's Baths near Piazza Navona. It was probably created by the sculptor Salvius and may have been part of a fountain. It was later placed in the atrium of St Peter's with two bronze peacocks.
The Vatican is amongst the most important historical sites in the world. The seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, The Vatican is also the home of the Pope. As the smallest state in the world, the Vatican has figured in key events throughout history. Occupying about one half kilometer of Rome, The Vatican is further significant because of its fabulous architecture, religious, and artistic treasures. It was Pope Julius II della Rovere in the 16th century who commissioned Michelangelo to paint the history of creation on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Among countless other notable events in the history of this important city are the convening of the College of Cardinals, at the death of a reigning Pontiff, for the purposes of electing a new Pope. No visit to Rome is complete without an excursion to The Vatican, a place so steeped in history and tradition that you will never forget it.
The Vatican Apostolic Library can be dated back to the 15th Century and is one of the most important places in the country. It is open to public and functions as a research library. The library's collection is huge; it houses more than a million books. Located in the Vatican Palace, this building has fantastic architecture and some of its architectural features are highly noteworthy.
Gardens of Vatican City have served as a quaint place for meditation and reflection for the pontiffs since the 13th Century. The history of the gardens date back to the year 1279 when Vatican became the new residence of Nicholas III after he moved out of Lateran Palace. The gardens are laid out around Saint Egidio hill and also include the sprawling lawns of the neighboring museums. Today, these historical gardens are home to several ancient monuments and structures which date back to the 9th Century. Lush green pastures, flower beds and forest areas are also found inside the garden area.
Piazza Risorgimento forms the meeting place of Via Cola di Rienzo and the quieter Via Crescenzio; in the form of a long boat, the square has recently been restored for the Jubilee. New long stone benches, flower beds, palms and a new lighting system decorate the square. Despite its central position below St Peter's, the square was a meeting place for street people and immigrants before the restoration work and was used for parking buses and trams at the end of their lines. Now the circulation has been organized more rationally.
Constructed in the period between 1902 and 1905, Grotta di Lourdes is a man-made cave found in Vatican city's gardens. A copy of Lourdes Grotto found in France, Grotta di Lourdes was created after a teenage girl called Bernadette Soubirous had a dream of Madonna 18 times. Grotta di Lourdes is nestled alongside the barricade touching Torre San Giovanni. A fountain memorializing the invite sent by Our Lade to Bernadette is found next to the cave. A marble slab narrates the grotto's past in Latin.
Cortile del Belvedere is a historical courtyard that can be dated back to the 16th Century and the construction of this courtyard has led to several significant developments. Although it was designed differently earlier, the courtyard got divided into two different zones by the time the work was completed. The courtyard currently houses the Vatican Library, a spherical monument by Pomodoro and other such important structures.
Dating back to the 8th Century, the San Pellegrino in Vaticano is a beautiful church in Vatican City. The church houses parts that can be dated back to the 15th Century. The church features a beautiful wooden ceiling that is believed to belong to the 17th Century. The church also has tombs of Swiss Guard captains. Practicing Roman Catholic faith, the San Pellegrino in Vaticano stands 20 meters (66 feet) tall.
Porta Angelica lies along the last section of the road that connects Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican - just below the colonnade of St Peter. It was built (like the rest of the defensive walls) by Pope Pius IV who was baptized Angelo and therefore had the gateway dedicated to the Guardian Angels. It currently has two fornixes, the original one from 1563 and the more recent one built in 1932. The gate marks the end of the road of the same name that has recently undergone restoration for the Jubilee. The road includes one of the entrances to the Vatican City (St Anne's Gate) that is protected by Swiss guards. On the right there is the church of Sant'Anna dei Palafrenieri and to the left the barracks of the Swiss Guards.
Borgia Apartments was built as a private residence for the then pope Alexander VI. Noted artist Bernardo di Betto carried out the decoration work of the building. Work had to be stalled after the pope died. Towards the end years of the 19th Century, Borgia Apartments were thrown open for public visits. Majority of the suites now house spellbinding assemblage of Modern Religious Art launched in 1973 by Paul VI. The collection contains nearly 600 works of art consisting sculptures, graphics and portraits. Artists who have contributed to this collection include Klee and Kandinskij, Chagall and Gaugin.