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Priorato dei Cavalieri di Malta, Rome

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Villa del Priorato di Malta, located on the Aventine Hill, is home to the Grand Priory in Rome of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Along with Palazzo Malta, the estate was granted extraterritorial status and remains a sovereign entity. It also hosts the embassy of the Order of Malta to Italy.HistoryThe site, on a rise directly overlooking the Tiber and access to the Roman Pons Sublicius, was already a fortified Benedictine monastery in the tenth century. The monastery passed to the Templars and after the destruction of their order, to the Knights Hospitallers, predecessors of the present Order of Malta. Radical rebuilding was undertaken in the 15th through 17th centuries. The villa was granted extraterritoriality in 1869. On the piano nobile is an assemblage of portraits of the Grand Masters of the Order.SiteThe site is reached by via Santa Sabina, which ends in the small, picturesque piazza dei Cavallieri di Malta enclosed on two sides by the cypresses of the garden of the Benedictines backing the fantasy screen of obelisks and stele constructed in 1765 to designs by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, one of the very few executed designs by this etcher of Roman views who prided himself on being an architect. Ahead rises the Neo-Romanesque campanile of the Church of San Anselmo (1893-1900) attached to the international Benedictine seminary (Seminario Internazionale Benedittino).
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  • Building complex with garden, surrounded by Cypress, green square enclosed by a wall with nice obelisks. The complex is also famous because the front door outside the dome of St. Peter's through the keyhole. It was built in 939 as a Benedictine monastery, near the end of the 12th century, the Knights Templar, in 1522 properties step to the Knights of Malta. In 1765 the renovation was entrusted to Piranesi. The Cedar of Lebanon, is the largest in Europe and it is said that Michelangelo was resting under his shadow!
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  • We planned to visit, especially since the event included in the top ten places to see in Rome. The queue was small. Plus bonus-excellent views of Rome and the Vatican Hill from English.
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  • Among the few speeches of the time in a Rome decadent already there was Santa Maria del Priorato. It belongs to the order of Malta and this is not much to see but it's a gem.
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  • Worth a view if you don't have to stand in line too long
  • This is the world-famous piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta on the Aventine hill, one of the seven hills that characterized the ancient Rome; famous because, through the keyhole of the door of the villa of the Knights of Malta, you can see the dome of St Peter's. A magical experience, impressive, also mentioned in the movie "the great beauty".
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  • Square Knights of the order of Malta. Famous door Keyhole through which visible Chief Vatican. Photo normal telephone does not work. You need to enter or required special optical pieces.
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  • The "secret" of Rome.. An incredible visual look at the magnificent dome of St. Peter ... the rest of the city just shuts off in this artificially created frame.. Worth to see!
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  • A must see, from where you can reach the garden of oranges, the municipal rose garden, Circus Maximus
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