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Decorative birdseye view of Velletri from Braun & Hogenberg's Civitatus Orbis Terrarum.
Fine view from the northwest of Velletri and the hills around Coru.
On the right the Pontine marshes (D) can be seen, and in the distance Capo Circeo (A) and the Isola di Ponza (B). In the center of the town is the church of Sancta Maria del Trivio and next to it the Gothic Torre del Trivio, the town's landmark.
The spire on the right belongs to the cathedral of San Clemente I, which was the titular church of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. Between the cathedral and the Torre del Trivio is the Palazzo Comunale, which today houses the municipal authorities and a museum. Velletri belonged to the Papal States from the Middle Ages until the unification of Italy in the 19th century.
Georg Braun (1541-1622) was born and died in Cologne. His primary vocation was as Catholic cleric; he spent thirty-seven years as canon and dean at the church St. Maria ad Gradus, in Cologne. Braun was the chief editor of the Civitates orbis terrarum, the greatest book of town views ever published. His job entailed hiring artists, acquiring source material for the maps and views, and writing the text. In this role, he was assisted by Abraham Ortelius. Braun lived into his 80s, and he was the only member of the original team to witness the publication of the sixth volume in 1617.
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