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Porta Alchemica/The Alchemical Door – Rome
I haven’t had a chance to get out so this week I’m going with another nostalgic look at our last visit to Rome.
Also called the Porta Magica or the Magic Gate, this is the only remaining of 5 ‘special’ doors built into the 1700 century villa Palombara owned by an esoteric Italian nobleman. The once luxurious villa in a now sketchy part of Rome is now in ruins and fenced off from the public, though I have read online that private visits can be arranged with advance notice.
A walk-around of the site allows the visitor to imagine what this place must have been like 350 years ago, with multiple levels and arched entranceways, and grand decorative columns and statues.
Today the crumbling site is left for Rome’s stray cats to enjoy.
I know a few other door lovers, including Manja, have done posts on this place in the past so instead of repeating the descriptions written elsewhere online I’ll leave you these links here and here in case you want to delve into this more deeply.
The general gist is that if the visitor could decipher the alchemists formulas carved into the doorway surround they’d unlock the secret to making gold and also be able to pass through the magic door and gain access to another world.
A nice ghost door also helped to set the esoteric mood during this visit.
This was as close as we could get but you can see that the place must have been quite special in its time.
And my best shot of the main attraction:
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