Medieval Waiting

Waiting area outside the entrance to the Augustinian monastery, Santi Quattro Coronati, Rome, Italy.

Waiting area outside the entrance to the Santi Quattro Coronati Monastery in Rome, Italy. Currently, 13 Augustinian sisters reside in the monastery adjoining the 12th-century Santi Quattro Coronati basilica. The order is cloistered and has little contact with the public.  On the wall to the left of  the sitting area there is a small grilled window for communications and an old rotating cylinder cupboard originally meant for dropping off abandoned babies. Beginning in the mid 1500’s, the sisters ran on orphanage at the site for over 300 years.

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Creepy Street Art

Street Art, Florence, Italy

Street Art, Florence, Italy

Street Art, Rome, Italy

When I was in Italy in October, I was fascinated—if that is the right word—by some of the creepy street art. Florence in particular had lots of graffiti art on the side streets of the historic center. I just don’t understand graffiti/street art. The shot from Rome is actually part of a store front.

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Ancient Bricks

Brick construction, side wall, Pantheion, 113–125 AD, Rome, Italy

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Ancient Entertainment

The Flavian Amphitheater, better known as the Colosseum, stands in the heart of ancient Rome. Built by the emperors Vespasian and Titus between 70-80 AD, the amphitheater is 157 ft high. Only a small portion of the original outer wall remains. Ancient sources state that over 9,000 wild animals were killed during the inaugural games in the Colosseum. The venue held between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators depending on its configuration at the time

Arrivederci, Roma

The Pope’s Throne in the apse of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran.

My last stop on my five weeks in Italy. The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the Cathedral of Rome, the seat of the Pope as the Bishop of Rome. The basilica, on the site of the oldest church in Rome, was rebuilt or redesigned a number of times. Sections of the apse mosaic date to the 4th-6th centuries. The mosaic stonework on the walls and floor is medieval.

Walking With Nero

Criptoportico, Domus Aurea, c. 64-69 AD, Rome, Italy. The servants passageway along the back of Nero’s Golden House. The corridor is built into the side if the hill.

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