The alchemical Door

In the very centre of Rome, in the middle of the gardens of Piazza Vittorio there is a strange stone door called “Alchemical door” or “Magical door.”

The door was the entrance of the Villa built by the Marquis Massimiliano Palombara around 1660.

Inside his villa Palombara was dedited to occult studies and involved in alchemical studies and activities with a group of friends, the jesuit Athanasius Kircher (the possessor of Vyonich manuscript), the astronomer Giovanni Cassini and the Queen Christine of Sweden between them.

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An alchemical Villa

Yesterday I spent the night at Villa d’Este, the alchemical villa of Ippolito d’Este, Lucrezia Borgia son,  Hercules offspring.

Villa d’Este

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