Tag Archives: Rome

Farm Life, The Cloister

I suspect that some of my readers are growing weary of my slow stroll through Roman churches.  Let us step outside for a little fresh air, before my final post about the altar.  A good place to get outside is … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church, The Baptistry

One of the most important, in terms of theology, symbolism, and controversy, of a church is the baptistery.  In a Catholic church, this is usually in a side chapel or a separate building on the grounds of the church.  I … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church: The Chapter Room

Before we complete the interior of the church structure, with the altar, let us explore some of the areas of the church which are more behind the scenes or outside.  In this post we will discuss the Chapter Room.   … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church, The Dome and Cupola

We have now toured the church’s nave and triumphal arch, side aisles and chapels, transept and apse.  Before we look at the central altar, one more architectural feature rests above us, the dome and cupola.  These work together as a … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church: The Triumphal Arch

During the Roman Republic to Empire eras, leaders, who were usually also generals, built Triumphal Arches all over the city to commemorate their victories.  When they returned to Rome from a campaign, their procession would follow a route which passed … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church, The Apse and Transepts

As you walk forward through the side aisle of a Roman church, you will come to the place where the building has two arms which diverge out from the nave.  This is the transept.  The continuation of the nave beyond … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church, The Side Aisle and Chapels

After you enter the nave of the church and say “Ooh! Ahhh!” at the abundance of beauty, step back into the shadows of the side aisles.  Initially these may seem to be short cuts to the front altar and gift … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church, The Nave

The entrance to most Roman churches is from the portico.  There may be a central door, or pairs of side doors.  Many entrances, whether central or to the side, will allow you to step into an enclosed foyer that separates … Continue reading

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Building a Roman Church, Facade and Portico

Now that we have the context for how Roman/Greek temples and homes became the structural foundation for Roman churches, let approach some churches.  Before we enter, we see the facade and step between the columns that define the portico.  The … Continue reading

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Can’t Get to Rome? Try Washington, D.C.

If you have not figure out by now, we are heading to Naples and Rome.  I wish I could take you all along, but the Air BnB places do have limits.  However, if you wish to see some really amazing … Continue reading

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