|Santa Maria in Aracoeli|
An important Roman basilica
13th century CE
The Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli (English: Basilica of Saint Mary of the Altar of Heaven) was the church of the city council of Rome, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The church was constructed during the 13th century, where it was supposedly built on top of the Temple of Juno.
The Temple was also home to a Lair of Romulus, which the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze discovered during his tenure in Rome during the Renaissance. During this same period, Ezio funded the renovation of the church as one of the many buildings and monuments throughout the city that provided income for the Assassin Order.
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In 2012, Desmond Miles gained access to the basilica after entering through the underground passageway and hidden entrances from the Colosseum. There, he solved a puzzle, pulling a lever which raised a strange device, that later opened a secret entrance to the Vault beneath the church.
- According to legend, Emperor Augustus was foretold of the arrival of Jesus Christ in the Temple of Juno atop the Capitol, and commissioned a "heavenly altar" (ara coeli) to be built inside. The Christian church was then said to be built directly upon this eponymous altar.
- While playing as Ezio, the church could be viewed from the outside only, but when inside the church during modern times, as Desmond, the interior was larger than it appeared on the outside.