Church of Santa Maria dell'Anima

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Church of Santa Maria dell'Anima

Church of Santa Maria dell'AnimaThis church stands on the site where there used to be a chapel for German, Dutch, and Flemish pilgrims. At the start of the 16th century, Giuliano da Sangallo was commissioned to reconstruct the building. The fašade has three orders, geometrically scanned into sections by pilasters and cornices, with the third rising above the level of the church.

To the side, you can see the strange cone shaped bell tower with colored majolica tiles. The church stands on a street that parallels Piazza Navona and ends at Piazza Pasquino where the statue of Pasquino has been standing since 1500. This is the torso of an ancient statue found during excavations, whose identity is unknown.
It became one of a group of 6 quick-witted "talking" statues found in different parts of Rome; their "dialogue" was in writing and took the form of anonymous libelous satires, especially against Papal rule.
Pasquino quickly became the most famous and feared, and still today the term "pasquinata" means a political lampoon. More than once, the statue risked being removed by the popes in attempts to silence the voice of the Roman people.
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