Casa dei Cavalieri di Rodi, Rome

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  • Unfortunately it is a place not always visitable. Very nice the entrance to the loggia on the imperial holes and atmosphere of charm in the palatine chapel
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  • In the 11th century, some monks of the Order of St. Basil built a monastery in the Hole, using part of the existing Untore Temple of Mars. The adjoining church is built using the apse. The complex building is attached to the imposing wall, which Emperor Augustus had erected to divide his namesake Hole from the Suburra. The term comes from the Latin "sub Urbs", which included the "lowest", crowded, noisy and dangerous part of Ancient Rome. In 1230 the whole building, in the various joints, is incorporated with the building property of the "Knights of the Hospital Order" of St. John of Jerusalem, also called "of Rhodes". In the following decades the "Holers" inherited its functions and acquired most of the properties after the dispersion of the Knights Templar. (Who, soundly defeated in 1522 by the Ottomans commanded by Sultan Suleiman I, lose the island of Rhodes and all their belongings. In 1530 they moved to the island of Malta, sold to them by Emperor Charles V. And they remained there until 1798 when they were driven out by French troops). The entire building is incorporated into the property of the Knights of the Hospital Order of St. John of Jerusalem, now called "of Malta". The Priory is also transferred to pharmacies and houses, located between the nearby Tower of Accounts and The Militia Tower. In the three years 1467-70, when the Roman Prior of the Order, Giovanni Battista Orsini, was joined by the grandson of Pope Paul II, Cardinal Marco Barbo, the entire building undergoes a major and complex renovation, acquiring the current structure. The facade on Grillo Square is built with a large arch overlaid by a cross window and a beautiful, richly decorated loggia. Designer is the architect and sculptor Giuliano da Maiano. The facade on the Augustus Hole, which repeats the forms of the ancient exedra, is also harmonious and elegant, with a Gothic window, inserted in a Renaissance-style frame. Inside the "House" you can visit the hall of honor with the flags of the order, the arena... reserved for the speakers, the hall of the lodge. Other rooms preserve the ancient wooden ceilings. Sculptures and paintings from various eras complete the works of art on display. When you enter the loggia, you can appreciate the eight broad and harmonious arches, positioned at an angle. The overview of the Holes is unforgettable! Unfortunately the frescoes are barely visible because they are largely deteriorated by the weather. They depict emperors and landscapes populated by plants and animals of different species. They are attributed to painters of Andrea Mantegna's school. Returning to the history of the site, the Templars in 1566 abandoned the "House" and moved into the complex of "Santa Maria del Priory". Pope Pius V decides to entrust the building to the "Institute of Dominican Neofites", which were tasked with converting Jewish girls and girls to Catholicism. The Dominicans, designed by Battista Arrigoni of Caravaggio, expand the structure. And they rename the church by dedicating it to the "Holy Annunziata". The nuns remained there until 1930, when the convent was demolished because it is part of the area where the "Way of the Empire" is built, the current "Imperial Forum Road". The "House" for a decade passes ownership to the City of Rome. Then, from 1946 he returned to the "hereds" of the ancient owners: the "Knights of the Sovereign Order of Malta". The last renovation allowed a chapel dedicated to St. John the Baptist, patron of the Order, to be built in a arcaded atrium near the entrance.
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  • It is the headquarters of the famous order of medieval cavalry that even despite the centuries survives, You must enter with reserves
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  • Lovely place with a breathtaking view!!!
  • Overlooking the Augustinian forum the terrace is just a sublime spot. Closed to the general public as it is an exterritorial location of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. For events it’s always a very formal and classy setting. Truly a unique spot in Rome.
  • I thought it was some kind of place for photo shooting. Apparently you can walk through and go further.
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  • This striking building, located close to the forum of Augustus and was created in the ELEVENTH century by monks. Then in the THIRTEENTH century was acquired by the Order of the Knights of Rhodes, and enlarged in the FIFTEENTH century, with the construction that gives on the Piazza del Grillo. Of rare beauty is the side that gives on the forum of Augustus, continuing the architectural lines of the Hemicycle, also to respect the space of its columns that are still present. On the high floor stands the Renaissance window of rare beauty and rare beauty the three columns embedded.
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