Monumento a Cola DI Rienzo, Rome

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  • Facing the Cordonata, on the left about ½ way up is the statue of Cola di Rienzo, who met his death at this location. He was a scholar of ancient Rome and a Tribune for the city of Rome. The bronze st...  more »
  • Located on the lawn next to the Cordonata, a monument with a little visible inscription escapes attention. It is the statue of Cola di Rienzo, the Roman tribune, which has gone down in history to be endowed with great intelligence and excellent oratorical skills. The bronze work depicts him with his head covered by a hood and a sword in his left hand, while his right arm is raised high in the act of haranguing the crowd with his speeches full of passion. Considered by some to be an uncomfortable character, he ended up being swallowed up by the Roman Middle Ages, baronial and brigantesco.
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  • The statue is located on the slopes of the Capitol, on the lawn to the left of Michelangelo's cordon. Cola di Rienzo was an Italian leader, tribune and scholar and above all one of the most singular characters of the late Roman Middle Ages. On 20 May 1347 he was elected tribune and liberator of the Roman state, but errors and excesses alienated popular consensus. Cola, the last of the tribunes of the people, was killed in October 1354 during a popular uproar.
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  • This statue pays homage to Nicola Gabrini, better known as Cola di Rienzo, Papal notary and Tribune, who lived in 14TH-century Rome, proclaiming a new form of government inspired by the Republic. It is located on the left of the Capitoline, a staircase designed by Michelangelo, which leads from Piazza d'Aracoeli to Piazza del Campidoglio. The statue, somewhat smaller than the natural size, presents us with a tail covered with a hood, with the right arm raised in an attitude of haranguing the crowd and holding a sword with his left hand. The monument was inaugurated in 1887; The bronze statue, the work of the Florentine sculptor Girolamo Masini, stands on a brick pedestal, lined with some fragments of ancient reliefs, designed by the architect Francesco Azzurri. In the sculpture there is only a sober inscription that reads "Cola di Rienzo".
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  • Character undoubtedly important for half the 1300 romana but also contradictory and anomalous. Come to Rome from Avignon on behalf of Pope Celestine emerged to restore the city to its former glory as meanwhile was in the hands of the barons and in complete disorder. After an initial period where rudusse taxes and power important Roman families raising his prestige among the people, with subterfuge and conspiracies tried to increase his own power but was first attacked by the same noble families who wanted their privileges and then abandoned by the support of the King of Hungary, which at the time ruled Naples and had always protected. Escape from Rome to Prague, but the King, who in the meantime had returned because of the spread of the plague a Italy, rather than help the imprisoned. The Pope asked and obtained the liberation and then re-entered in Avignon but Rome was back into chaos, and then he was given a second chance to administer the city. Upon arrival in Rome, however, the situation had changed and the people supported him more. In a panic caused by the revolt of the citizens who were besieging beneath the Capitol, tried to flee sporcanfosi the face and mingling among the crowd as a citizen any and recognized due to the fact they still wore bracelets and necklaces in Gold and therefore could not be a citizen like everybody else. Here began the first stab wounds and on the way to the piazza in front of Palazzo Colonna where he was hanged, kept losing body parts from many blows inflicted. Considered a traitor was finally burned because unworthy of burial.
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  • Statue of Tribune Cola di Rienzo by Girolamo Mazzini sculptor in 1877. Erected near Campidoglio where was beheaded the 8 October 1354 by an enraged crowd.
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  • Status of the commanding officer, who had the misfortune of people lifter, you see their efforts fall, paying with his blood.
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