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Column of the Immaculate Conception, Rome

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The Column of the Immaculate Conception (Italian: La Colonna della Immacolata) is a nineteenth-century monument in central Rome depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary, located in what is called Piazza Mignanelli, towards the south east extension of Piazza di Spagna. It was placed aptly in front of the offices of the Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (offices for promulgating the faith), now renamed the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The Marian monument was designed by the architect Luigi Poletti, the actual figure atop was sculpted by Giuseppe Obici and commissioned by Ferdinand II, King of the Two Sicilies. In part, he wanted to put closure to the dispute between Naples and the Papal States that had developed in the last century, when Naples abolished the Chinea, a yearly tribute offered to the Pope as ultimate sovereign of Naples. Since December 1953, Pontiffs have visited the monument annually and offered a bouquet of flowers at the base of the column commemorating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Łukasz Dzielski

    3 months ago

    One of many beautiful attractions in Rome. And also on game days you get lassies dressed up in team colours selling tickets. Double treat.

  • Ligia Hortopanu

    a month ago

    Beautiful place to visit.

  • Todd Shephard

    9 months ago

    Incredibly busy during the pope's ceremony for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

  • أسامة البراك

    3 months ago

    Nice area

  • Casey Hooper

    3 months ago

    Very ornate