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Passengers walk past a portrait of Vladimir Lenin, one of the founders of the Soviet Union, in the Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station in Moscow. Lenin died on January 21st 1924 at Gorki Leninskiye, his datcha located just south of the capital. The metro station is one of the original 13 opened in Moscow in May 1935. Photo taken on November 14th 2012. Credit: AFP/Kirill 

Santa Cecilia in Trastevere

A 9th-century apse mosaic depicting Christ’s second coming. Cecilia was a Roman upper-class woman who owned a house in Trastevere in which site she founded a “church”. She was martyred in the 3rd century CE and according to legend the current church is built on the site of her home. Be that as it may there actually is a Roman domus under the building and excavations can be visited. Pope Paschalis under whose reign  the church was built is portrayed far left. Rectangular halo means that he was actually alive when the building was finished. Cecilia and her husband Valerian can be seen on the other end of the row.

Rome, July 2015