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Rome, Italy

Piazza di Monte Citorio

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The Piazza of the Parliament

Since 1871 this piazza has been home to the Lower House of Italy's parliament, which is why police and barricades sometimes prevent visitors from getting too close to Palazzo Montecitorio’s elegantly curving façade. Created by master architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1650 for Pope Innocent X, much of both the Piazza and Palazzo Montecitorio have been greatly changed over the years. However, the clock tower, columns, and windowsills of rough-hewn stone are originals. Also located in this piazza is the tenth-century BC obelisk of Psammeticus, which was brought from Heliopolis by Emperor Augustus.

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