In 1956 Rome and Paris were declared sister cities. Three years later a street near the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli was duly renamed Via Parigi and a monument was erected there to celebrate the twinning of the two capitals.
The monument takes the form of an ancient Roman column, which is crowned with a bronze caravel, a ship that is part of the coat of arms of the French capital. The motto of Paris proclaims: Fluctuat Nec Mergitur (It is tossed by the waves, but does not sink).
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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