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August 15, 2013, 10:45 am
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In Italy, being on holiday and being a pilgrim collided wonderfully.


We arrived at the airport and went straight to our hotel.  This was in a converted convent next to Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, the Church built to house the relics of the Passion brought to Rome by Saint Helena in the fourth century.


It was Meenakshi and my first time in Rome.  We spent a day in the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s which were stunning.  I was particularly moved by this crucifix by Matisse:


We visited a number of less well known places – San Clemente, a Church under which in succeeding layers are a fourth century Church, a Temple of Mithras and a first century Roman house.

San Francesco della Ripa, built on the hostel St Frances stayed in when he visited the pope.


This Church of the Santissima Trinita dei Pelligrini was built as part of the effort by St Philip Neri to care for pilgrims visiting the city (and I know when I have walked to pilgrim sites how much this is needed and appreciated):


On my final day I walked across the city to visit Santa Maria della Vittoria to see Bernini’s Ecstasy of St Teresa:

picture from Wikipedia Commons

picture from Wikipedia Commons

There is so much more to see or see again.  I will post about Assisi soon.


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