Route: THE ETERNAL CHALLENGE. BERNINI VERSUS BORROMINI
Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano www.vatican.va…
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Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano
Basilica: Every day 7:00-18:30. Free entry.
Cloister: Every day 9:00-18:00. Admission fee.
The first Jubilee in history, that of 1300, was announced here in San Giovanni in Laterano. This is confirmed by the frescoes commissioned by Pope Boniface VIII for the new Loggia for blessings (demolished), a fragment of which is had been preserved on the third pillar of the right aisle. The scene is traditionally interpreted as the celebration of the proclamation of the Jubilee. The basilica and the adjoining Patriarchate would undergo many changes over the centuries. Two episodes recalling two Jubilees are worthy of note: the restoration of the transept, a masterpiece of Roman Mannerism, wanted by Pope Clement VIII for the Jubilee of 1600, and the renewal of the aisles, commissioned by Pope Innocent X to Francesco Borromini, who, with the specific constraints for the conservation of previous works, enshrined the ancient pillars in a new structure, creating a grand and solemn space.
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