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Santa Maria della Pace

T2 Vicolo dell’ Arco della Pace 5 @ 46, 62, 64, 70, 81, 87, 116, 492, 628 # 8:30am–8:25pm daily

A drunken soldier allegedly pierced the breast of a painted Madonna on this site, causing it to bleed. Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (reigned 1471–84) placated the Virgin by ordering Baccio Pontelli to build her a church if she would bring the war with Turkey to an end. Peace was restored and the church was named Santa Maria della Pace (St Mary of Peace).

The cloister was added by Bramante in 1504. As in his famous round chapel, the Tempietto, he scrupulously followed Classical rules of proportion and achieved a monumental effect in a relatively small ...

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