Because churches are closed to visitors on Sundays, today was the first opportunity we had to see all of the beauty and art that glorifies the name of Jesus and the saints. After sleeping late, we stopped at a local market to buy cheese, proscuitto, bread and beer, then took our picnic to the Spanish Steps. We then toured the greatest churches of Rome:
- Santa Maria Maggiore
- Santa Pietro in Vincoli
- Santa Maria della Vittoria
- Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
- Santa Maria in Trastevere
All of these churches have something spectacular to offer, a single piece or group of works representing a great artist, but they are also beautifully decorated and constructed. Each one has its own atmosphere, just as each restaurant you eat at and each store you shop in has its own special milieu. But these churches don’t have brands, they have personalities, qualities that have developed over time, been shaped and directed by many different hands and spheres of influence.
Even Laura, who I’m sure thought she would burn out on churches pretty quickly, seemed ever eager to see what the next church held. She seemed so inspired that she started taking long exposure photos! We will be posting those shortly (I hope).