The Porta di Santa Rosa
Piazza del Risorgimento
The Porta di Santa Rosa was created at the behest of Pope Benedict XVI (r. 2005-13) to provide access to the Vatican City for pedestrians and vehicles. It is located on the site of a gate that was opened in 1929, the year the Vatican City State was created, but subsequently closed up.
The bronze panels are the work of Gino Giannetti and depict Pope Benedict XVI's coat of arms. The inscription reads: BENEDICTVS XVI PONT MAX ANNO DOMINI MMV PONT I (Benedict XVI, Pontifiex Maximus, the year of the Lord 2005, the first of his pontificate).
The Porta di Santa Rosa is located in the stretch of wall that faces Piazza del Risorgimento.
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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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