This door was built in the late 1600’s by the Marquis Massimiliano Palombara. There are numerous stories of the doors origins, but this is the only door of 5 on the estate that remain today. Surrounding the door are inscriptions used by alchemists in their attempts at transmutation.
There are many, but I was most struck by the words on the doorway’s steps:
SI NON SEDES IS
This semi-palondrome roughly means, “If you sit, you do not proceed”.
When read right to left:
SI SEDES NON IS
It’s hidden meaning becomes, “If you do not sit, you proceed”.
Photo Technical Info
- Aperture: ƒ/5.6
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
- Focal length: 35mm
- ISO: 640
- Location: 41° 53.7182′ 0″ N 12° 30.2418′ 0″ E
- Shutter speed: 1/320s
- Title: Puerta Magica Rome, Italy
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