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  PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
Image 1: The Piazza del Popolo viewed from the slopes of the Pincio
Piazza del Popolo (italian translation is "square of the people") is the last great achievement of Papal Rome; the square is delimited by Porta del Popolo to the north and Pincio stairs to the east. The layout of the square is the result of three and one-half centuries of urban developments, starting from the reconstruction of Church of Santa Maria del Popolo. Renovation of the area started at the beginnings of '500 with the opening of the "Trident", formed by three streets those branch out from the piazza to the city center: via del Corso, via Leonina (today known as Ripetta Street) and via Clementina (today known as Baboon Street or Babuino street). Twin churches of Santa Maria in Montesanto and Santa Maria dei Miracoli had been built by pope Alexander VII at the ends of 1600.
The Flaminio obelisk stands in the centre of the square and two fountains, made in travertine and composed by a seashell-shaped pond, stands on each semicycle of the square.
For centuries, the Piazza del Popolo was a place for games, shows, entertainments and fairs as well as a place for public executions.
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