Sunday, August 10, 2008

St. Mary and the Martyrs, or the Pantheon

When one thinks of impressive structures and churches within Rome, one naturally thinks of St. John Lateran, St. Peter's Basilica and so on, but one of the single most stunning and impressive structures within Rome is most certainly "the Pantheon" or, St. Mary and the Martyrs. In part this is perhaps because in this venue one can clearly see the intersection of classical Rome with Christian Rome. In part because it is simply an intensely dominating piece of architecture which you suddenly come upon in close view as you twist your way through the streets of Rome.

Some of you will also know that Gammarelli's is right by the Pantheon.

Why this all arose is simply because of an image which John Sonnen posted on his blog, Orbis Catholicus, from a Mass there. I am uncertain if the photo is of recent vintage, but it is nonetheless worth sharing I think.

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