San Pietro in Montorio, Rome

The church of San Pietro in Montorio sits on the Janiculum Hill which looks out over a beautiful view over ancient Rome and is said to be one of the most beautiful sites in Rome. The yellow sand on the hillside glows like gold at twilight and this earned it the name ‘Mons Ayreus’ in ancient times. Because of the wonderful setting of this church it is in high demand for weddings. The site of this church is said to be the place of the crucifixion, upside-down, of St.Peter and is therefore dedicated to the saint. (Although it has later been established that he was in fact crucified in the Circus of Caligula and Nero, at St.Peters in the Vatican). Inside the courtyard there is a memorial temple – Tempietto – built in honour of St.Peter, this is said to be a masterpiece of High Renaissance Italian Architecture. The church also contains many wonderful pieces of artworks by prominent 16th and 17th century masters. In front of the high altar are the tombs of four Irish rebels who were forced to flee from Ireland and come to Rome where they were received by the Pope.

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