Outsiders

Outsiders

There is some evidence that this church, actually the minor basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere, was the first church in Rome to have openly been able to celebrate mass. The thought of Rome being an unfriendly place for Christianity is an entirely bizarre one to me but that's only because my mental timeline doesn't go far enough back. One only has to remember the Colosseum and the feeding christians to the lions story in order to jog the memory. An even easier example: didn't the Romans kill Jesus? Right, so Rome wasn't so friendly to that new, upstart religion. In my defense, it's an easy thing to forget when 80% of your time in the ancient city was spent wandering around giant Catholic churches.

I guess that's why Santa Maria is on the other side of the Tiber river from the centre of Rome. Trastevere was an area full of of outsiders, early christians included.

An odd side story, did you know there was something called The Holy Sponge? I did not. Dipped in vinegar or sour wine, it was then offered to Christ to drink while he was on the cross. I'm not sure if this was supposed to make him feel better or not. If I was nailed to a cross, I don't think vinegar would be what I was longing for. The reason I bring this up is because part of this most holy of sponges is stored at the Santa Maria in Trastevere. I guess it's not that strange. I mean, they also keep the head of a saint there. Not the whole body, just the head.

Not so weird is the tile mosaic on the facade, just above the balcony. It's from the 12th century as is the campanile. Just below the roofline of the basilica is a mural but that seems heavily damaged by time and weather and is barely visible. Unfortunate.

So this is the church I was going to when I passed by the Palazzo della Cancelleria.

My other photographs from Rome can be found in the gallery.

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Taken: 2009-05-26 17:39:39
Posted: 2013-02-17 | 20:48





Outsiders

Outsiders

There is some evidence that this church, actually the minor basilica Santa Maria in Trastevere, was the first church in Rome to have openly been able to celebrate mass. The thought of Rome being an unfriendly place for Christianity is an entirely bizarre one to me but that's only because my mental timeline doesn't go far enough back. One only has to remember the Colosseum and the feeding christians to the lions story in order to jog the memory. An even easier example: didn't the Romans kill Jesus? Right, so Rome wasn't so friendly to that new, upstart religion. In my defense, it's an easy thing to forget when 80% of your time in the ancient city was spent wandering around giant Catholic churches.

I guess that's why Santa Maria is on the other side of the Tiber river from the centre of Rome. Trastevere was an area full of of outsiders, early christians included.

An odd side story, did you know there was something called The Holy Sponge? I did not. Dipped in vinegar or sour wine, it was then offered to Christ to drink while he was on the cross. I'm not sure if this was supposed to make him feel better or not. If I was nailed to a cross, I don't think vinegar would be what I was longing for. The reason I bring this up is because part of this most holy of sponges is stored at the Santa Maria in Trastevere. I guess it's not that strange. I mean, they also keep the head of a saint there. Not the whole body, just the head.

Not so weird is the tile mosaic on the facade, just above the balcony. It's from the 12th century as is the campanile. Just below the roofline of the basilica is a mural but that seems heavily damaged by time and weather and is barely visible. Unfortunate.

So this is the church I was going to when I passed by the Palazzo della Cancelleria.

My other photographs from Rome can be found in the gallery.

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Camera: N/A
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35mm Focal Length:
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 560


Taken: 2009-05-26 17:39:39
Posted: 2013-02-17 | 20:48


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