The splendid Galleria dei Candelabri takes its name from the large marble candelabras, which divide the long gallery into six sections.
Originally created by Pope Pius VI (r. 1775-99) between 1785 and 1788, the gallery was completely renovated during the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII (r. 1878-1903), whose impressive coat of arms takes pride of place in the centre of the pavement.
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 and
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