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The Keyhole of the Priory of Malta, Rome

The Keyhole of the Priory of Malta, Rome

A large ornate piazza covers the top of the Aventino (Aventine Hill), its surrounding walls richly decorated with military trophies and obelisks. On the western side, a large ornate wall of white stone, with faux windows carved into the sides hosts a very large, arched green door. In the center is an enormous keyhole (the Buco della Serratura). Normally, you wouldn’t even give the keyhole a second glance – except there are people bending over to stare through it. The…

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