Around Capitoline Square

1. On the square is the famous “Moussilini Balcony” from which the dictator declared war on England in 1914.

2. In the second picture, the green balcony is famous.

3. My friend Tom and I are at a cafe on the square.

4-5. Since it was a Roman holiday there was a huge parade showcasing some of the different cultures which make up the history of Rome.


Michaelangelo rearranged Capitoline square

Asked to design or rearrange capitoline square, Michelangelo re-architected this famous area for culture and government in the shape of a square/trapezoid.

Among the buildings here include the national archives of Rome (dating back 2000 years) and a national museum, Capitoline Museum, the oldest in the world.

1. Famous steps for weddings,built in 1348 as thanks to the BVM for removing the pestilence from the city.
2. A close up of the “Capitol building” sometimes called a “typewriter” for its boxy shape.
3. Statues at the top of the square steps. (These steps were specially designed for horse carriages to mount.)
4. It was Romes 2,766 birthday on this Sunday so there was a special performance by Italy’s special forces. (Our guide kept calling it the “Christmas of Rome”)
5. It was an exclusive area. This apartment belongs to Sophia Lauren.

House of St. Paul’s imprisonment

St. Paul was under “house arrest” when in Rome. This is the location where (or near where) he was imprisoned. He would have been chained to his guard but otherwise relatively free in his movements and associations. The Bible describes the Gospel he preached at this time in his ministry as going forth unhindered.

1. A street behind the piaza Sao Paulo Regulo. (Regulo means “sand” because this is near the Tiber river.) 2. The rear / “front entrance” of the church.
3. A street sign
4. A lovely door in the piaza
5. A closer picture of the church.

More of the interior of St. Gios

There is an imitation of the Pietas in St. Gios showing the BVM standing and also a 14th century mosaic.
The third picture shows the priests and choir performing Sundays mass (we visited on a Sunday).

The fourth picture shows a chapel which is common in these large cathedrals. This one was sponsored by a dominant family of Italy, I think the one after which the cathedral itself is named.

The final picture is of the floor. Part of the floor was commissioned by the 15th century pope who ended the great schism. It reminds me of q-Bert. Or Escher.

Outside San Giovanni Laterano

San Gio was the home of the pope for 13 centuries before the Vatican was built. This is the location where Luther would have come first to Rome to see the pope; here is the site of the famous steps some Catholics climb on their knees. And which are still covered with walnut shells.

San Gio palace has been cut to make way for a road. But the church is still there along with the famous pine come door (which will help you get pregnant of you touch one of the pine comes) and a massive statue of Constantine.

Within St. Paul’s basilica

Here we saw the inner part of the basilica including the sarcophagus of the apostle, the “presbytery” (where cardinals meet) and a picture of me preaching a sermon from Acts 28 “unhindered.”

Key thought for my message and for this trip: we need more people who not only know the theology of Paul but also the lifestyle of Paul. (Mark Driscoll)

St. Peter’s Cathedral

The famous door of St. Peter’s basilica, the largest Christian church in the world. For bearing, a half dozen St. Patrick’s could fit inside it.

Also below is the Pietas by Michelangelo, the most famous sculpture in the world, and the crypt where popes and apostles are buried.