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Spanish steps: photo description (Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti)

The Spanish steps is one of Rome's most famous attractions. Stairs lead from Piazza di Spagna to Piazza trinità dei Monti, and towering over all this ancient beauty of the Church trinità dei Monti. Known as La Scalinata, the staircase is considered the most extensive in Europe.

The Spanish steps, consisting of 138 steps, was built with funds of the French diplomat Etienne Gothe in 1723-1725. She joined the Spanish Embassy and the aforementioned Church, which was under the patronage of the Bourbon dynasty, with Palazzo Monaldeschi, which then housed the Papal Throne. On a project of monumental building work architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Speccy.

The construction of the stairs was preceded by decades of heated debate about how should look the steep slope of the Pincio hill. For example, in the figures of the late 16th century depicts the staircase leading to the newly finished facade of the Church. But history decided otherwise - means the Etienne Gothe bequeathed for the construction of stairs in 1670-ies, for a long time remained unclaimed. Only under Pope Clement XI, the project was resumed.

At the foot of the Spanish steps lies the Piazza di Spagna (Spain Square), the highlight of which is a fountain in the style of early Baroque Fontana della Barcaccia. It was built in 1627-29. probably according to the project of Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini. According to legend, the fountain appeared on the square at the behest of Pope urban VIII, who was extremely impressed with the boat brought another flood of the Tiber (the name of the fountain means Fountain of the Ugly Boat).

To the right of the Spanish steps stands the house in which he lived, and in 1821 died the English poet John Keats - today is the memorial Museum. A little further you can see the Palace of cardinal Lorenzo cibo de Marie, rebuilt by the project of Marcello Piacentini, the main city architect of the era of fascism. And with the top of the stairs you can get to the Villa Medici.

During Christmas week at the first flight of stairs, installed the cradle of the 19th century. In may of the steps lined with pots of blooming azaleas. And very often on the Spanish steps sell cut flowers. It should be noted that the stages are not allowed to eat. But despite this, ladder is always full of people.