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the 12th-century guide to
Rome's wonders, , survived in a single copy?
De mirabilibus urbis Romae the
1st century Greek historian reported the embassy of holy men from Nicolaus of Damascus India to the Levant, Athens and Rome during the time of Jesus?
church of in Santa Caterina a Magnanapoli Rome, along with the adjacent tower, is all that remains today of a Dominican convent dedicated to Catherine of Siena?
only two of the fourteen French
cardinals were in Italy at the start of the because a clause of the papal conclave, 1549-1550 Concordat of Bologna allowed the pope to redistribute their benefices if they died in Rome?
, December 17 1973 was attacked by six gunmen of the Pan Am Flight 110 Abu Nidal Organization at Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Rome?
in constructing the
( Via della Conciliazione pictured), Benito Mussolini ordered the demolition of an entire Roman neighborhood, and the forcible eviction of its residents to settlements outside the city?
in the papal
Rome each fish monger had to give to the city councillors the heads of the fishes longer than a marble plaque which had been hung on a wall of the fish market, in ?
Sant'Angelo nineteenth-century Irish
portrait painter is buried next to the Richard Rothwell Romantic poet John Keats in the Protestant cemetery in Rome?
Russian painter was also a military leader and a diplomat in Grigory Gagarin Paris, Rome, and Istanbul?
are housed in a complex of palazzi surrounding a piazza in Capitoline Museums Rome, designed by Michelangelo in 1536 but not fully completed until Mussolini ordered it in 1940?
the relics of
St. Florian (pictured) kept in were brought to St. Florian's Church Kraków from Rome for political reasons?
Sudanese Boeing 737 Air West was Flight 612 hijacked, the hijacker originally wanted to fly to Rome or London but was forced to settle for Chad due to a lack of fuel?
Transylvanian shepherd was found sleeping at the base of Badea Cârţan Trajan's Column in Rome in 1896, he was at first jokingly referred to as a Dacian who had fallen off a sculpted panel on the column and come to life?
was a tax imposed on all fiscus Iudaicus Jewish subjects of the Roman Empire after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the proceeds of which were used to fund a temple of Jupiter in Rome?
, built in the grounds of Halsworth House in Temple of Harmony Goathurst, Somerset, England in 1767, is a replica of the Temple of Fortuna Virilis in Rome?
on which Marian column Our Lady stands on Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome originally supported the vault of the Basilica of Constantine at the Roman Forum and was the only one such column to survive the Basilica's destruction in an earthquake?
in obelisk Rome's Piazza Montecitorio ( pictured) was erected in 10 BC as a giant sundial gnomon, but stopped keeping accurate time within 30 years?
('Bridge of Pons Neronianus Nero') over the Tiber in Rome may actually have been built by Caligula?
after concluding his participation in the
Second Schleswig War, priest and educator walked from Denmark to Christopher Bruun Rome?
a colony of the
crab species Potamon fluviatile (pictured) may have lived in Rome since before the Romans?
, a 16th-century Jakub Uchański primate of Poland, was suspected of heresy and summoned to appear before the inquisition in Rome?
was awarded a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the John Devitt 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome despite all three timekeepers awarding a faster time to the silver medallist?
was one of two journalists to enter Michael Stern Rome on June 3, 1944, one day ahead of American forces?
, Flaithbertach Ua Néill king of Ailech in Ireland, was called Flaithbertach an Trostáin, Flaithbertach of the Pilgrim's staff, as a result of his pilgrimage to Rome in 1030?
's Ethelbert of York 8th century library was probably the largest book collection of its day outside of Rome?
British athlete was nicknamed "Il Topolino" ( Don Thompson Italian for "Little Mouse") when he raced to victory in the 50km walk at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome while wearing a képi and sunglasses ?
, while in Alan de St Edmund Rome as chaplain to Cardinal Hugh of Evesham, was made Bishop of Caithness after its previous bishop-elect died there while seeking consecration?
, the largest and most complex Eddisbury hill fort Iron Age hill fort in Cheshire, was destroyed by the Romans to prevent it being used against them?
Monte Testaccio (pictured) in Rome is an artificial hill, 35 m (115 ft) high and 1 km (3,300 ft) in circumference, consisting entirely of the fragments of 53 million ancient Roman amphorae?
, who served as an interpreter for the Germans in Paul Hofmann WWII, passed information to the anti-fascist resistance in Rome?
, projected for via Giulia Pope Julius II, was the first attempt since antiquity to pierce a new thoroughfare through the heart of Rome?
is based on the reactions of its writer and director, A Cat in the Brain Lucio Fulci, to real-life murders in Rome?
, promulgated by Caeca et Obdurata Pope Clement VIII (pictured) in 1593, ordered that Jews be expelled from the Papal States except Rome, Ancona, and the Comtat Venaissin, within three months?
's seizure of power in Toto Rome, Italy, in 767 is one of the first indications that the military aristocracy believed that supreme power in Rome rested with the papal office?
, who painted men on their Thomas Patch Grand Tours, had to leave Rome after a homosexual act?
was so large as to drain gold resources from Roman trade with India Rome and involved the despatch of 120 ships every year?
is the only Santa Maria sopra Minerva Gothic church in Rome and holds the body of Saint Catherine of Siena, but not her head?
, to oppose the hereditary patriarchal succession, took a step unprecedented in the Yohannan Sulaqa Church of the East: traveled to Rome and was there consecrated patriarch in 1553?
Kermit Roosevelt's co-brother-in-law played Mervyn Herbert first-class cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club and died in the British Embassy in Rome, Italy?
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