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La Porta Magica o Alchemica, Rome
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  • "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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  • If sit not proceed, but also, when read backwards, if you don't sit down go ahead. This motto almost Palindrome could be almost considered the slogan of all tourists (Oh God that ugly word! I prefer to call them) visiting Rome to which reserved kilometre after kilometre walk made of astonishment among the wonders of the most beautiful city in the world. But in fact this slogan refers to another and more spiritual journey: that of marchese Massimiliano Palombara and his circle of initiates, in the intricate symbolic maze of Alchemy. The inscription is in a discreet corner of the gardens of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II (Esquilino), enclosed by a lattice and obscured greatly by what remains of so-called Trofei di Mario, the wreckage of a monumental fontanone already part and parcel of the nymphaeum of Emperor Alexander Severo.La Latin phrase is inscribed on the threshold of a simple door with a stone frame that does not introduce any longer because of the former residence of the Marquis ' campaign there is nothing apart from this strange door, completely covered with dark symbols and esoteric and philosophical activity-related mottoes of the Roman Aristocrat. The sides of the door during the construction of the new neighborhood (after 1870), were installed two statues of monstrous characters but with the original villa and with studies of the Marquis have nothing to do. Are the representation of an Egyptian God Bes and originate from the Temple of ISIS. The statues appear to be placed here to add mystery to the mystery, charm to the already irresistible charm that brings on the visitors, even if forced to buffe evolutions in order to admire, saw that the gates are perpetually closed and access from the Park is barred. If you wanted to try to see the engraved symbols, you must circumnavigate the grounds and head outside on the side of via Napoleone III (where the tram tracks). From there, after a few pirouettes, telescoping and leaning not just between the grates, you can enjoy the best view and the closest although by Sailesh. Interpreting them, those signs, however is a whole different kettle of fish: the position does not distinguish well the symbols, and on the other hand unless you dabble in advanced studies of Alchemy, it would be nearly impossible to grasp its meaning seems relegated to ancient texts and practices which have become almost legendary today. Not surprisingly, the door that everyone calls magic or Alchemy, has in itself a great source. Dates back to the years when in Rome had created a circle of scholars around Christina of Sweden, Queen without vacationing in Rome Throne from 1655 until his death in 1689.Il Cenacle of the intellectuals would gather at Villa Riario (where there is the Botanical Garden), where Cristina was the host, and in those saloons dabbled in studies of transmutation (the transformation of the vile metal into gold) by receiving and discussing the new philosophical instances around 1614, had begun to spread the theories Rosicrucian imagery in Northern Europe. It was in this context that must be managed the transformation transforms. And it is precisely on the occasion of an event so huge that the gateway to the alchemical Cabinet was decorated with symbols of the planets, mottoes and sentences in Hebrew. Because if it is true that the transmutation took place in casa di Cristina, it must be said that (at least according to legend) the mysterious author of the experiment shortly after entrance is the entrance to the laboratory of the Marquis of Palombara to disappear forever, but leaving behind a manuscript crammed with indecipherable signs and some specks of gold. That's why the symbols on the door reproduce precisely those of the manuscript, with the intention of leaving to posterity an interpretation (which involves considerable preparation in the field of esotericism) to unravel the mystery of the philosopher's stone and access the deepest heart of Sciences alchemical fantasies. But the Marquis of Palombara couldn't predict that a force even more powerful than the desire for knowledge and renewal of which were soaked all the intellectuals of that cultural circle would have been visited on his possessions. Demolitions and excavation work would stand only the magic door that currently, perhaps pandering a few ominous fate, really POPs on nothing (or maybe what appears to us as the nothing absolutely nothing is not) and is the most secret and hidden jewel of a garden that has nothing symbolic, or Alchemy. Waiting for another "Pilgrim" came from who knows where that reveal the immense power. Because the basis of all alchemical speculation there is a law, "nothing dies and everything is transformed". What basically happened and happens every day in the eternal city.
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