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1/ To whom does the Vatican answer? What is a keystone?

What do you see when you look at St. Peter's Basilica from above? Well, first I see an Egyptian obelisk. Second, I see a key.
2/ What does the key open? Let's draw a line. It goes directly through Rione XVIII (district of Rome). The Rione is called Castro Pretorio.
3/ Castro Pretorio takes its name from the ruins upon which it sits... The ancient barracks of the [P]raetorian Guard -- Castra Praetoria. Castra Praetoria is the site of a main Gate of Rome: the Praetorian Door. Very little is known about it.
4/ It's a bit hard to see, but at the center of the gate are three bricked "windows". 3 Keystones.
5/ A map of Ancient Rome is shown below. The Seven Hills of Rome -- with the Praetorian Gate keeping a watchful eye.
6/ So -- the Praetorian Guard. It was a constant throughout Rome for Millennia. It began as essentially the first Centralized Intelligence Agency. Its modern iteration was created by Augustus in his quest to annex Egypt and other territories.
7/ Beyond Augustus, the Praetorian Guard played an extremely central role in politics. They eventually became Kingmakers -- the power behind the Crown. The new emperors were first proclaimed by the Guard, and THEN by the Senate.
8/ The Praetorian Guard was headed by a [P]refect, always of the equestrian class of Ancient Rome. This essentially became the most powerful office in Rome.
9/ Now, the official story is that Constantine the Great abolished the Guard. That's not exactly true. He enveloped the Western Roman Empire and the Praetorian Guard was actually spread further and wider.
10/ The Guard bided their time and once Constantine died, the Guard expanded into four "branches". The Prefectures of Italy, Gaul, the East, and Illyricum.
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