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The Most Controversial Tourist Sites in Rome


A few years ago, American news channel CNN compiled a list of the world’s top 10 ugliest monuments. To the surprise of many, eighth place went to one of Italy’s recently unveiled works, ironic in a country nicknamed “The Great Beauty.” The subject in question was artist Oliviero Rainaldi’s statue of Pope John Paul II titled Conversazioni.

The 16-foot bronze sculpture, which stands outside Rome’s central train station, Termini, depicts the late leader of the Catholic Church in an ecclesiastical robe with his arms outstretched in welcome. Its debut was swiftly met with controversy: while the mayor of Rome described read more >>>

Source : HuffingtonPost.Com

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