Palazzo di Bonifacio VIII
Palazzo di Bonifacio VIII
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9:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Anagni, known as the City of the Popes, gave birth to four popes and has long been the papal residence. In the historical center, full of elegant and austere buildings, Romanesque churches, steeples, loggias and piazzas, architecturally sober and basic, stands the Bonifacio VIII Palace, location of memorable events during the European Middle Ages. Public can visit the palace every day with a 5€ ticket and audioguide included (five languages available). In 1296, Philip IV taxed the French clergy, forbade the export of money, gold and silver outside the kingdom, claimed the right to judge the French clergy and repeatedly disobeyed to all the rebukes of Bonifacio VIII. Philip believed he have to be accountable only to God and judged Bonifacio VIII as an unworthy Pope. After he risked to be excommunicated several times, he sent Guglielmo of Nogaret in Italy in ordero to organize the party opposed to Bonifacio VIII, and to made the Pope judged by a general council. Bonifacio was ready to excommunicate the king, but he did not have time: on 7th September of 1303 over thousand mercenaries men led by Giacomo Sciarra Colonna reached him in Anagni. The enemies entered the doors already open by traitors of the pope, including the greatniece of the other Anagni Pope Gregorio IX. The attackers shouted: “Long live the King of France, die Pope Boniface!”. The negotiations began, Sciarra demanded the surrender and resign from the papacy and the pope refused. Bonifacio was willing to martyrdom and replied to Sciarra’s fury by saying: “E le col e le cape! Nosco primogenitum Sathane”” Here is the neck, here is the head! I acknowledge Satan first-born. ” And on this occasion the story tells that Sciarra Colonna slapped the Pope Bonifacio VIII.
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Alessandro A
Rome, Italy234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Anagni town offer the view of several building of interest. Bonifacio VIII building is one of these. Made in large pieces of local stones is constituted by 3 large rooms with wall decorated by original painting. Particular attention worth the goose painting were are painted hunting birds were is possible to recognise 12 different species.
Written June 10, 2018
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ManiagoRina
maniago135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
you can see a lot of the countryside from the top and then of course the long walk down, we also saw the museo of Bonafacio which had some Etruscan artifacts
Written June 3, 2014
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Bon viveur
London, UK2,297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This ancient palace is steeped in fascinating papal history. We found the audio guide to be a pretty good introduction to the stories and the stones exuded a dramatic sense of intrigue.
It’s not very large, but you will need at least an hour. I recommend reading about the infamous ‘slap’ before you visit in order to really appreciate the significance of the site.
Written May 29, 2019
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Karen D
Sperlonga, Italy81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Well laid out, cool rooms, excellent audio guides. Fascinating history. A short walk from the Duomo so easy to fit both into one day
Written June 30, 2018
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Alex F
Siena, Italy221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Business
Fascinating castle in the centre of Anagni, witness of an historical (or legendary) episode between the most powerful institutions of the Medieval time: the Pope and the Emperor. Original and contemporary art meet up here.
Written May 27, 2017
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RaphaelTobias
Herefordshire, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
Quite an exceptional and unexpected building with breathtaking views. Be sure not to miss the wall of geese. Wonderful collection of photographs and maps.
Written September 18, 2016
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GuildfordLilly
United Kingdom199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
3 Euros for entry but well worth it, it is full of interesting things and facts, the literature given is also very informative
Written September 14, 2016
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tcasabella
Barcelona, Spain5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
I must say this is the 1st time I have seen a statue of a pope put up on the fachade of a cathedral in his home town . Ordered it himself and was accused of idolatry by political opponents . Of course this were the Middle Ages when popes were feudal lord of all the land around rome and big part of Central Italy .However after seeing the mercenary nature of Anagni Cathedral I fully understand the men of French King Philip the Beau and a Roman nobleman ( in the middle of wars between kings and popes about power in Italy ) when in public they slapped Pope Bonifacius the 8th , wearing his papal ornaments , soundly on his face after entering Anagni . Well done , Sciarra Colonna ! ( That was the nobleman´s name .
Written May 22, 2016
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Vinnietravel
Rome, Italy5,740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Palazzo Bonifacio located in the center of Anagni, entrance fee is €6 including audio guide. The staff is welcoming and the environment is simple. With the audio guide you can follow the routes and get historical information and information on the works present. The room of the famous slap is very beautiful and interesting, a particular work well deserved, the cost could be included in a visit package to other places in the city.
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Written November 4, 2023
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Ugo M
Arcola, Italy2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The itinerary was particularly rewarding for the landscape with many villages and monuments.
Very beautiful Alatri with truly impressive polygonal walls.
Anagri is equally interesting for the cathedral with the spectacular all-painted crypt, the palace of Boniface VIII
Casamari Abbey and Montecassino Abbey for the grandeur of the buildings.
Subiaco for the convents of S. Benedetto and Santa Scolastica with the cloisters.
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Written September 26, 2023
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