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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The city fell into decline in the 16th and 17th centuries and was almost entirely destroyed by the great earthquake of 1693; the present centre of Catania, therefore, is distinctly 18th century in aspect, rebuilt according to the plan of the late Baroque architect Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. Vaccarini also designed many of its buildings, notably the cathedral that incorporates the Norman remains (It was originally constructed in 1078-1093, on the ruins of the ancient Roman Achillean Baths, b…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    The Orto Botanico di Padova is the world’s oldest academic botanical garden that is still in its original location.

    The cult of St Anthony, famous as a preacher in his lifetime, grew enormously following his canonization in 1232. A project for a new structure dedicated to the saint is documented in 1238. In 1263 the body of St Anthony was translated into the centre of the new church. The earlier church of S Maria Mater Domini was partially retained as a chapel flanking the short transept…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Courtyard reserved for pilgrims. It is the first of the “internal lawns.” Name derives from the ancient Magnolia tree. This central courtyard faces the Basilica, the Chapter Hall, the Confession Hall, and the convent.

    The cult of St Anthony, famous as a preacher in his lifetime, grew enormously following his canonization in 1232. A project for a new structure dedicated to the saint is documented in 1238. In 1263 the body of St Anthony was translated into the centre of the new churc…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    In 1394 the northern of the two bell-towers flanking the sixth dome collapsed on to the ambulatory. The old rectangular towers were replaced by the present, taller, octagonal ones, and the ambulatory was rebuilt, considerably raised in height. In 1424 the choir was given its segmental vault, and the seventh external dome was built above it. The axial ambulatory chapel was replaced in 1689-1697 by the circular Tesoro Chapel, which added an eighth dome.

    The cult of St Anthony, famous as a prea…

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    1910-01-01
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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Built by the emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-1658) as the tomb for his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum (died 1631). The building’s name (literally “Crown Palace”) is a corruption of the queen’s title, Mumtaz-i Mahal (“Chosen of the Palace”). She died in Khandesh giving birth to her 14th child, while accompanying the emperor on a military campaign. First entombed at Burhanpur, her body was brought to Agra in 1632, when the Taj Mahal was under construction. The …

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  • Creator(s):
    G. Massiot & cie
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    Built by the emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-1658) as the tomb for his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum (died 1631). The building’s name (literally “Crown Palace”) is a corruption of the queen’s title, Mumtaz-i Mahal (“Chosen of the Palace”). She died in Khandesh giving birth to her 14th child, while accompanying the emperor on a military campaign. First entombed at Burhanpur, her body was brought to Agra in 1632, when the Taj Mahal was under construction. The …

    Date Created:
    1910-01-01
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