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Chiesa di Santa Maria del Priorato

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Address: Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, 4, Rome, Italy
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This church belongs to the Priory of the Knights of Malta and is best known...

This church belongs to the Priory of the Knights of Malta and is best known for the keyhole of the Priory, through which appears the dome of St. Peter's.

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The Keyhole

A mysterious and magical view. One has to find it. On the grounds of the HQ of the Knights of Malta. One of the great secrets of Rome. The gardens are very pretty and if you... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2016
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Oakdale, California, United States
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Oakdale, California, United States
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

A mysterious and magical view. One has to find it. On the grounds of the HQ of the Knights of Malta. One of the great secrets of Rome. The gardens are very pretty and if you are lucky enough to be invited inside the church a historical and artistic treat await you. Well worth the walk up the hill.

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

The church of Santa Maria del Priorato is hidden behind the high walls of the priory of the Knights of Malta, and a small part of the apse can be glimpsed through the famous keyhole. But that is as far as you'll get, unless you get invited in by the Knights (highly unlikely) or you join one of the Roman... More 

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Reviewed 8 July 2013

I'm not sure this is the correct site name. I'm talking about the secret key hole. This is a miraculous site that is not known by many. Large groups don't come here but we were just a group of eight so our driver had a few extra minutes in our schedule to stop here. It's impossible to take a picture... More 

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Aventine
Contrary to the chaos of the city, the Aventine is Rome’s oasis. A neighbourhood made up of a patchwork of ancient churches, hidden gardens, private homes and embassies, peace and quiet is top priority and the vibe definitely friends and family. Take a walk around the Aventine and you’ll find a treasure hunt of surprises like the clever little keyhole at the Knights of Malta entrance (the only place you’ll find a line) along with Parco Savello (Giardino degli Aranci) next to the ancient Santa Sabina church. Keep your eyes on the 1960s architecture, several modern buildings are built atop Rome’s original 4th century BC wall.
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