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Monastero delle Religiose Filippine (Book 8) (Day 2) (View B8) (Rione Monti)
Vasi included this plate in Book VIII because the building was used by nuns belonging to a congregation founded by S. Filippo Neri, but from the point of view of the typology of the building the plate should have been included in Book X, the Villas of Rome. This because the nuns bought a XVIIth century casino (main building) of a villa belonging to the Sforza.
The view is taken from the green dot in the 1748 map below. In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) First entrance to the monastery; 2) Steps leading to the main entrance; 3) Tower (Torre de' Capocci) and part of S. Lucia in Selci, another nunnery.
After 1870 the nunnery was confiscated by the Italian government; currently it houses a department of the Finance Ministry; the building has been slightly modified: the steps leading to the entrance are no longer curved and the fence and its portal have been redesigned. At the end of the street, some buildings which surrounded Torre de' Capocci have been pulled down. Overall this corner of Rome very near S. Maria Maggiore has retained a rather peaceful atmosphere.
The nuns completed a renovation of the building in 1740, but they did not delete all the references to the former owners of the building and the Italian state in turn did not delete the references to the nuns. The image used as background for this page shows a detail of the fence portal where the coat of arms of the Italian Kingdom was added below an existing decoration.
Torri de' Capocci
Between the XIth and the early XVth century the authority of the popes was so weak that Rome was partitioned among some important families who built defence towers to protect the area of the city they controlled. These two towers are named after the Capocci, who owned them in the XVth century. They were probably built with material taken from nearby Terme di Traiano.
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