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Margaret Lew | all galleries >> Italia - Italy 2012 >> Roma - Campo Marzio > The Torre della Scimmia
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The Torre della Scimmia

For readers of Hawthorne's Marble Faun this is Hilda's tower.
A shrine to the Virgin with a lamp burning before it memorializes the rescue of a child
carried to the top of this tower by the family's pet monkey.
The monkey, by divine intervention brought the infant back down safely.
The lamp, now electrified, has burned continually in front of the shrine for since medieval times.

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