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La Porta Magica o Alchemica, Rome

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  • There's not really anything to see here - it's just a locked door. Very little information is provided about it.  more »
  • "I'm coming to see you because I want to photograph the magic door" I said to my friend. "You'll see just why the security fence keeps people at a distance," she replies. When I go there the usual Merry madness, piazza Vittorio has with the inevitable touch of exoticism. It is the largest square in Rome, about 10 thousand square meters in addition to Saint Peter's square, and is located in the heart of Esquilino, surrounded by beautiful buildings of 19th-century style with large porches supported by 280 columns and has a big garden popular with Romans and tourists alike looking ethnic folklore for which it is famous. It was built in 1880 because in Rome became capital emerged the need to build large buildings of representation as it did in Paris. For this the palaces of the Esquiline and the square are so impressive because they had to target politicians and high-ranking administrators. Over 30 years the city was disrupted by the shipyard and the Rome-canceled the Papal Rome that you hid around San Pietro. It was the highest price that the city had to pay to become modern, and to build her Majesty were cancelled churches, piazza Vittorio in streets, ancient palaces and villas, including the famous "Villa Palombara" il marchese Massimiliano Palombara, an assiduous frequenter of the Cenacle esotericism and enthusiast of the famous Christina of Sweden was built in 1563. The villa remains only the famous "magic door" saved probably because of the many legends that had spread about its meaning. Stands out in the garden to the right of the monumental architecture of "trofei di Mario" dating from 226 a.d. which was a fountain and water distribution station Claudia. The aura of mystery that surrounds the door comes in the popular imagination by the alchemists, mages and scientists who every night attended villa Palombara on the passionate quest for so-called "sorcerer's stone" which would have been able to transform metals into gold. Metallic transmutation, is referred to by the Alchemic books "great work" and the formula for this would be engraved on the pediment, on the lintel and doorposts, on the threshold of the door. In fact, legend has it that the Marquis had hosted for one night a stranger who was trying to escape the Inquisition militias because he was said to be able to fulfill the "great work". But the next morning the stranger was gone and had left to witness a little pile of pure gold and a sheet full of magic formulas that in later years nor the Marquis nor the other alchemists were able to interpret. Then the Marquis disappointed ordered to hack the formulas on port available to esoteric scientists more lucky. In 1890, spared the demolition, was placed with its puzzles in the garden of piazza Vittorio and flanked by decorative motifs (since there came nothing) by two twin grotesque-looking marble statues from the Temple of Serapis. Actually the door does not make the pictures because they kept at a distance from the fence. It is however one of the many curious (and wonderful) esoteric stories of Rome that clash with the livelihood of the square, which in recent years has taken on ethnic characteristics in high prevalence of both men both foreign goods. The central garden that was originally a masterpiece of landscape design with plants from Bordighera, from the end of 800 housed a large market that had provoked an unstoppable deterioration but finally, recently, the market was dismantled and moved to an area that was covered. Environmental remediation returned to the square the sense of its history and some known artists have chosen to live there, fascinated by his vitality that today has found its symbol in the famous orchestra di Piazza Vittorio consists of musicians from around the world.
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  • A very interesting door with a very interesting legend... but in a park and in a serrated space (I guess that it is private property with remains of palassio). This in a park that do not would recommend enter when already is of night. It only that could do is make a photo of behind grating... to see without enter even there is that enter in the Park... a thingy very interesting, but that, by it seen not it want to do for tourists. If you go in churches that are on the side, deserves the penalty 5 minutes of time, also as this closed...
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