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Arch of Sixtus V

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Piazzale Sisto V
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The Arch of Pope Sixtus V on the Esquiline, a monument built on the final stretch of the Felice aqueduct, celebrates the majestic waterworks built by the Pope to provide a water distribution network for this part of the city, which had been without one since Medieval times.
It is also known as the Arch of Pears, because of the fruit which appears in the decoration in reference to the coat of arms of Sixtus V, whose surname was Peretti (Pera is Italian for pear).
The arch has a large marble plaque on each side. One tells how the Pope opened two roads leading to Santa Maria Maggiore and Santa Maria degli Angeli, to increase the devotion of the faithful. The other celebrates the construction of the Felice aqueduct, of which 13 miles is underground and 7 on arches. The year was 1585, the first of his papacy.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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Piazzale Sisto V, 00185 Roma, Italy

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