Saints, prophets and gods

Saints, prophets and gods

Bernini’s Habakkuk and the Angel, meaning the story of a mysterious journey into the lion’s den

Saints, prophets and gods

Hercules – a fearless but rather dull protector of Rome

Saints, prophets and gods

Raphael’s Isaiah – how one great artist imitated another

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Agnes (Sant’Agnese) – a favorite of the Romans – an unbroken virgin

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Balbina (Santa Balbina) – patroness of the stuttering and… not only

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Bibiana (Santa Bibiana) – uncompromising Roman girl, whipped to death

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Cecilia (Santa Cecilia) – twice miraculously found and equally miraculously kept in everlasting youth

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Petronilla (Santa Petronilla) – a virgin and a betrothed of Christ

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Prisca (Santa Prisca) – three saints for the price of one

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Sabina (Santa Sabina) – an enigmatic saint from the Aventine

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Andrew (Sant’Andrea) – holy apostle with a centuries-old visit in the Eternal City

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Hippolytus (Sant’Ippolito) – neophyte and a patron of prison guards

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Sabbas the Sanctified (San Saba) – an uncompromising Palestinian proponent of Rome

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Stephen (Santo Stefano) – a companion in the cult of St. Lawrence

Saints, prophets and gods

Saint Lawrence (San Lorenzo) – a favorite of the Romans; intercessor of those suffering in the fires of hell

Villa Aldobrandini – a place of respite over the city teeming with life

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Villa Aldobrandini – a place of respite over the city teeming with life

In the very heart of Rome, by or more appropriately over one of the busiest streets of the city, the via Nazionale, stretches an enchanted garden. Between the ponds and palms, there are sculptures and antique fountains. And when we take a seat upon one of the benches, a scent of blooming camellias, magnolias, and orange flowers will reach our nostrils, while our eyes will be filled with views of cypresses and stone pines. This, in the past suburban villa, we can admire today in a much-reduced form and only our imagination may tell us what the orchards, gardens, and parks that stretched here un...

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The Temple of Romulus on Forum Romanum – a great archeological mystery

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The Temple of Romulus on Forum Romanum – a great archeological mystery

On Forum Romanum at via Sacra, between the Basilica of Maxentius and the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, there stands one of those ancient buildings which has been preserved in almost its original form. The brick building in the shape of a cylinder still today arouses the interest of researchers who strive to figure out its use. Who was this Romulus to whom it was dedicated? Was he the miraculously taken to heaven founder of Rome, who battled the Sabines here? Or perhaps he was the son of Maxentius – a tragically deceased youth, whom his father wanted to deify? The legends intertwine w...

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The Fascist Youth Organization Building by Luigi Moretti – a new architecture for a new era

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The Fascist Youth Organization Building by Luigi Moretti – a new architecture for a new era

Architecture has always been an expression of the prestige and power of those who commissioned it. Frequently it was also a means of propaganda. During Fascist times it was to fulfill a utilitarian function, but also to create the new esthetics of the new state targeted at a new man. Slogans such as modernity and progress were willingly used. Architecture was to be their emanation – a vision of universal and absolute order and rigor. Let us take a look at the language it used.

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