|The Doors outside the Church of
St. John the Lateran
|Inside the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls. Take a looksie|
|Inside the Vatican|
Then my friends, I saw Laocoon and his sons and my heart did skip within my breast. What a stunning Statue, I could’ve sat there all day looking at him. The movement and dynamism of the sculpture is enrapturing. I think this is one of my favorite sculptures I have ever had the pleasure of seeing.
Then, there were various tiddly bits in the Vatican. Yet again, I played the game of looking for those statues which entertained me most.
|An ugly little dwarf that winked at me.|
|He kept asking me if I thought the cymbals
made his butt look big…awkward…
|I think this is where they stand to announce the new pope|
|The entrance out of the Sistine chapel.
They didn’t allow any photos to be taken within
This may blow your mind, but the picture above, it is all painted! There is absolutely no relief, it’s all shadow work and perspective!
|Outside of St. Peter’s Basilica|
|Inside of St. Peter’s Basilica|
|I was separated from Michaelangelo’s pieta
by six feet and a pane of plexi glass. I would’ve loved
to have gotten closer to them, studied the folds of the fabric…
|Another Bronze replica of a dead cardinal laying rather creepily in a sarcophagus|
|The Basilica’s famous altar piece|
|Whoever designed the Swiss guard’s outfits had a weird sense
of humour. I’m sure the colors have meaning as well as the format of the ensemble, but honestly, who is going to be intimidated by a man in a beret wearing yellow, red, and purple?
St. John in Laterano outside the walls.
Borromini sculpted these statues. I fell in love with them. They move in and out of their space in a variety of fantastic ways. As you look down the nave towards the altar you see these figures moving in and out of their spaces beautifully and are given a sense of the vitality of the faith to which they held. For a full list of the statues and picture look here
|This guy, Jacobus San Major, was the most dashing one.|
|The story of, I believe, Jonah and the whale.|
Something that was interesting to learn about the Coliseum was that the Gladiators that battled there were given the best food and received the best of medical care. They were investments that needed to be cared for. Their bodies were pushed to the limit in training in order to prepare them for the vicious ordeals within the gladiatorial games. This reminded me slightly of professional sports today…
|The Arch of Constantine|
|Also within the Scala Sancta|
|Why the Scala Sancta is special|
|The First time we tried to visit Moses, he was closed…|
|Santa Maria Maggiore|
|I tried to capture the stunning effect of the light
coming in through the dome, but I don’t think
I quite did it justice. this area was lovely to sit in
because it was so quiet and no one seemed interested
in coming in. Their loss.
|He has such an amiable face.|
|The hallway in Santa Maria|
|This was over the tomb of a patron of the church. You’ll see
in other photos the odd depictions they had of death. It
certainly didn’t shy away from the topic, but I don’t quite
know how I feel about the haunting elements they seemed
|Door Handles! They were so tiny, but very ornate.|
|He stuck his tongue out at me!|
|The Virgin and Child
|The Virgin and Child never gave their
pet pigeon the attention he longed for.
|Piazza Della Republica after Italy’s win!|
|Horned Moses in the Piazza San Bernardo|
|I found Handala in Rome! Pro-Palestine Comic Character
I think the muted sticker next to it is very apt.
|Rome had these little water spigots everywhere! This was a large one, most of the time it would be a dragon, or a normal little spigot from which you could fill up your water bottle.|
|Ecstasy of St. Theresa. Forgive the quality of the photo…my camera died, hence I used my iPhone.|
|I thought it ironic that in the midst of such a beautiful church they would have a plastic Virgin with a light up halo….|
Many of these churches had beautiful designs on the floors and various surfaces made from a wide assortment of marbles. They were stunning in their intricacies.
Slightly creepy shrine to Saint Theresa…note to self, never, ever, ever use plastic dolls to replicate the death of anyone you hope to honor…makes the death seem superficial…
|So far from Ireland, and yet the Druids are in Rome|
|Island paradise off the road a bit in Rome|
|Michaelangelo’s Horned Moses!|
|Some of the portrayals of death in, I think, San Pietro in Vincoli|
|One may ask, “why the lobster”, to which I would reply,
“I have no idea, but it certainly made me laugh”.
|He just looked so sweet.|
|The chains which held the Apostle Paul|
|And Finally, the first photos I took driving through Indiana on my way home. The green against the sky was the best
|Oh, it is good to be home.|