Porta del Popolo
Porta del Popolo
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Neighborhood: Centro
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  • Flaminio - Piazza del Popolo • 2 min walk
  • Lepanto • 10 min walk
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
This is one of the city gates that was constructed along with the 3rd-century Aurelian Wall at the north end of Piazza del Popolo. The gate was restored and given a more regal appearance by Michelangelo in the 16th-century along with work by later architects in the 17th-century like Bernini. It seems that motor traffic passed through the gate until the 1990s, now it is for pedestrian use only, allowing for leisurely up close time viewing Porta del Popolo while sightseeing around the square.
Written May 8, 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,657 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Couples
Porta del Popolo is the formal main entrance to the grand Piazza del Popolo.
It has undergone many changes over the years and both Michelangelo and Bernini had a hand in its design. However the original structure is much, much older than that and was built by the Emperor Aurelian in the 3rd century.
The outside facade was given a make-over in 1561 by Pope Pius IV who called on Michelangelo. The aging Michelangelo passed the job on to another architect. The design features columns taken from the ancient basilica of St. Peter and is flanked by statues of the saints, Peter and Paul.
For some reason, Pope Pius IV only bothered with one side of the gate so in 1665, Pope Alexander VII realised that the inside also needed a fresh face. He turned to Bernini whose new design prominently included the Pope’s coat of arms - six stylised mountains and a star.
In the 1870s, the gateway was enlarged to include two extra sets of columns and the two smaller side archways.
Overall, this is one of several beautiful features in Piazza del Popolo that make the piazza well worth visiting.
Written May 6, 2024
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,657 contributions
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Jun 2022
The large, formal gateway in the style of an ancient triumphal arch, is one of the main entrances to Piazza del Popolo.
There’s a lot to see in this piazza and the lion fountain and obelisk tend to grab your attention so when we first visited, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the gateway.
I should have looked more closely.
Michelangelo’s work can be seen here. In 1561, Pope Pius IV commissioned him to rebuild the facade, although by this stage, Michelangelo was in his mid-80’s and plagued by arthritis and kidney stones, so although he was responsible for the design, he did not carry out the actual work himself. Interestingly, his design was based on the Arch of Titus, which you can still see standing at the Roman Forum. The four columns that flank the central arch, were recycled from the old St Peter’s basilica. St Peter and St Paul stand in between them.
Later, in 1665, in readiness for the upcoming arrival of the wildly unconventional Queen Christina of Sweden who had recently abdicated and converted to Catholicism, Pope Alexander VII was busy sprucing up the city. Her cortege, amidst much pomp and celebration, would pass through the Porta del Popolo so the pope commissioned the Baroque genius, Bernini, to revamp the inner facade.
Bernini’s work is on the side facing the piazza.
Pope Alessandro VII was a great self-aggrandiser and Bernini knew which side his bread was buttered on so the Pope’s family’s coat of arms featured prominently above the central arch. These are the rounded, stylised hills and star.
The gateway was further developed in the 1870s, when it was enlarged to include two extra sets of columns and the two smaller side archways.
Written July 21, 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,095 contributions
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May 2022
This is a lovely gate, leading in and out of the famous Del Popolo square.
The location of the gate provides a very nice photo-op of the square, with the fountain, obelisk and sister churches on its other end.
Written July 1, 2022
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dapper777
Monaco62,649 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Friends
We've been through it dozens of times, but never paid attention to its details.
The Porta Flaminia, which later became Porta San Valentino and, finally, Porta del Popolo, is one of the 28 doors that open into the Aurelian Walls (built in 270-273 AD by the emperor Aurelian).
It was built in the third century. A.D., but it was radically restored in the sixteenth century by Pope Paul IV Medici, based on a project by Michelangelo Buonarroti and then, starting from 1562, under the direction of Nanni di Baccio Bigio (born Giovanni Lippi).
The door consists of two facades: the first (by Gian Lorenzo Bernini) overlooks Piazza del Popolo and is dominated by the coat of arms of the Chigi family, the second (by Buonarroti), instead, on the modern Piazzale Flaminio.
The latter, surmounted by the Medici pope's coat of arms, is very sumptuous and is adorned with two large statues depicting St. Peter (left) and St. Paul (right), admirable works by the Arezzo sculptor Francesco Mochi.
Until 1990 cars were allowed to drive through the door and its openings.
Now only pedestrians can cross it.
Very beautiful and interesting work of art, as impressive as the adjacent square.
Written November 28, 2020
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,151 contributions
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Jul 2019
Porta del Popolo is a gate of the Aurelian walls of Rome. This current gate was built by Pope Sixtus IV for the Jubilee Year 1475 on the site of the ancient Roman gate which, at the time, was partially buried. The present status is from when, in 1562, Pope Pius IV told Michelangelo to rebuild it; Michelangelo in turn assigned the task to Nanni di Baccio Bigio. Just to the right of this gate (the East) the magnificent church Basilica Parrocchiale Santa Maria del Popolo is located.
Written April 1, 2020
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,774 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Solo
Dating back to 1475, this impressive stone gate was once part of the Aurelian walls that surrounded the city. Looking at the gate from inside the piazza you won’t see the carvings and details that appear when you look at the gate from outside (across Via Luisa di Savoia).
Written March 7, 2020
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Malgorzata
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May 2019
The impressive and majestic Porta del Popolo is part of the walls of Aurelian and separates Piazza del Popolo from Piazzale Flaminio. Today we can admire the reconstruction of the 16th century. The original one was partly destroyed due to neglect and various sieges of Rome in the Middle Ages. The outer part was built in the 16th century by the artist indicated by Michelangelo, while the inner part in the 17th century was built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This is a majestic work full of charm.
Written February 28, 2020
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
There is no better way to get your bearings than to enter through this premier site and find yourself in the piazza that owns its present form to the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Valadier, confronted by the great Flavian obelisk, with the paired churches flanking the central Corso beyond. But pause to enter the church of Santa Maria del Popolo. At close quarters there are works by Raphael, pinturiccio, the sculptor Samsovino and by the three great spirits of post-renaissance Italian painting, Carracci, Caravaggio and Maratta.
Written August 19, 2019
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Joe Wilson
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
take the subway to this entrance. very scenic and lots of history. usually the meeting place for tours to pompeii by City Wonders
Written August 6, 2019
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