Outside the Casina Valadier, on the Pincian Hill, stands a small pillar that was erected by Father Angelo Secchi (1818-78), a Jesuit and astronomer, to mark the meridian in Rome.
The pillar also bears a bust (the work of Giuseppe Prinzi) of Secchi, who spent most of his life working at the Observatory of the Roman College, which lies next to the Jesuit church of Sant' Ignazio, in the heart of the city.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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