Rome Shot 263

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  1. rhurd says:

    This is a peaceful cloister (inner courtyard) in the church of Santa Maria della Pace near the Piazza Navona in Rome. The inscription shows that the cloister was commissioned by Cardinal Oliverius Carafa (1430-1511.) According to Wikipedia, Cardinal Carafa chose Donato Bramante to design the cloister. This was Bramante’s first commission as an architect in Rome (from 1500-1504.)

    The entire inscription reads: “DEO OPT MAX ET DIVE MARIE VIRGINI GLORIOSE DEIPARE CANONICIS QZ REGULARIBUS CONGREGATIONIS LATERANENSIS OLIVERIUS CARRAPHA EPS HOSTIENSIS CARD NEAPOLITAN PIE AFUNDAMENTIS EREXIT ANNO SALVATIS CRISTIANE MDIIII“, or “Oliviero Carafa bishop of Ostia and cardinal of Naples erected (this) to the honor of the great and wonderful God and the Virgin Mary the glorious mother of God for the Canons Regular of the Lateran Congregation in the year of Christian salvation 1504.” [from

    I’m not sure about the QZ in the middle of the inscription. Is it an abbreviation?

  2. Venerator Sti Lot says:


    With thanks for your comment, a guess: ‘quia zelo’ (compare Numbers 25:11).

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