Wednesday, April 7, 2010

IN HONOREM PRINCIPIS APOST. PAULUS V BURGHESIUS ROMANUS PONT. MAX. AN. MDCXII PONT VII


IN HONOREM PRINCIPIS APOST. PAULUS V BURGHESIUS ROMANUS PONT. MAX. AN. MDCXII PONT VII

The Borghese Family was established in Siena, Italy in the 1200's from a family of wool merchants to become one of nobility and fame and unrivalled power. Camillo Borghese would eventually become Pope Paul V and complete the Construction of the St Peter's Basillica, The Vatican. To enshrine the Family name forever he has his own name inscribed over the main Portico door : IN HONOREM PRINCIPIS APOST. PAULUS V BURGHESIUS ROMANUS PONT. MAX. AN. MDCXII PONT VII.
Whenever you see the Pope stand outside his window to give Mass or blessings over the gathering crowds you will see the Name above him. The Family Borghese. A large area of Rome lies under the Borghese Name. It is known as The Borghese Gardens and the Villa Borghese.

Villa Borghese is a large landscape garden in the naturalistic English manner in Rome, containing a number of buildings, museums (see Galleria Borghese) and attractions. It is the second largest public park in Rome (80 hectares or 148 acres) after that of the Villa Doria Pamphili. The gardens were developed for the Villa Borghese Pinciana ("Borghese villa on the Pincian Hill"), built by the architect Flaminio Ponzio, developing sketches by Scipione Borghese, who used it as a villa suburbana, a party villa, at the edge of Rome, and to house his art collection.

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