La Rotonda in Rovigo, Italy

There is no shortage of breathtaking churches in Italy, but the Chiesa della Beata Vergine del Soccorso in the town of Rovigo has something that sets it apart from the rest: its octagonal shape.

Dubbed "La Rotunda" because of its unique architecture, it is a rare example of an eight-sided Catholic church. Construction began in 1594, and it's believed the architect, Francesco Zamberlan, chose the octagonal shape for the symbolism of the number eight in the Christian religion. 

The structure...

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