Some snapshots with echoes from ancient and recent pasts. Read the “2000 year old echoes” post to get the story in words :-)
Today we passed Pantheon again. A walk around the Pantheon is also a nice experience. I have tried to capture some of the details here.
Some of the local inhabitants waiting for their salvation at Piazza San Pietro. Or maybe they just want some breadcrumbs.
(2/2) The visit to Pantheon was downright magnificent. Be sure to drop by if you visit Rome. In need of unwinding after a full day of grandeur, we relaxed at a café called Bar del Fico, where old men were playing chess beneath a tall fig tree. Nice :-)
(1/2) To get to the Pantheon we walked a route leading us by the Castel Sant’ Angelo which originally was built to hold the remains of the emperor Hadrian in 139 AD. It now appears as a fortified bastion which among other things served as the popes retreat site way back when (the mid-16th century I think)… We went through a bunch of charming alleys to get to the Piazza Navona and shortly thereafter, the Pantheon…
We spent the daylight hours walking to the St Peters Square and relaxing in the sun. A lot of impressions and enjoying Berninis work (read about him here if you want) resulted in a heap-load of pictures… I won’t be boring you with too many – google will give you plenty that are better than mine if you are interested – and I bet Lars will post some too ;-)
Had to include the one showing of the saints in an arch… During Johannes Paulus II (or Karol Wojtyla) more people were given status as saints than during the 17 popes that went before him – IN ALL! Now, there’s one guy that knew his PR…!