Chiesa e Monastero dello Spirito Santo (Book 8) (Day 3) (View C8) (Rione Monti)
This is one of the plates where Vasi turns his attention to the details
of everyday life in Rome. The view is taken from the green dot in the 1748 map below.
In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) S. Lorenzo ai Monti; 2) Palazzo Conti; 3) S. Eufemia; 4) Spirito Santo.
The map shows also 5) Trajan's Market.
Nothing is left of the churches and the houses of the plate. The small map shows a large building with an inner
circular courtyard (Trajan's
Market), which was freed in the XIXth from all medieval additions. The pictures show (behind Trajan's Market) Torre delle Milizie (Torre dei Conti) and
the Monastery of SS. Domenico e Sisto.
In the first "modern" excavations of Rome (1812-1814) the French excavated the Forum of Trajan and pulled down the churches and the nunnery. The excavations were completed by Pius VII as the plate indicates.
Trajan's Forum ended with a semicircular wall (included for centuries
in a medieval palace/fortress) hosting a series of shops. In the center
stood Trajan's equestrian statue.
Next plate in Book 8: Monastero di S. Lucia in Selci
Next step in Day 3 itinerary: Chiesa di S. Maria in Campo Carleo
Next step in your tour of Rione Monti: Chiesa di S. Maria in Campo Carleo
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