Rome Shot 69

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  1. ThePapalCount says:

    Rarely visited by people on tour in Rome and its uually closed in the summer months anyway. This is a 500 year old church that is attached to the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas often referred to as the “Angelicum”. It’s named for Thomas Aquinas who is said to be the most brilliant church philosopher of the last nearly 100o years. The “Angelic Doctor” as he is called was a member of the Order of Preachers or the “Dominicans” and this is their much respected and most highly regarded university in Rome. This is the university church. looks plain on the exterior but the interior is an explosion of color and decoration and it simply amazes you as you look about. These builders, architects and artists back then firmly believed that nothing shabby could be offered to God. Its really beautiful.
    The Angelicum is not far from the ancient Roman forum and the Victorio Emmanuel monument. Check a map. During the academic year you can visit the church and its Sunday Masses are open to the public. Summer hours are sketchy as the university is more or less on vacation. The other great Dominican church is Santa Sabina which is not close by. Aquinas lived at S Sabina for a time. And it has one of the oldest depictions of the crucifixion to be seen.
    The Angelicum has a bookstore and shop.

  2. VP says:

    Stairway to heaven (at least part way).

  3. Someone please be the Garrigue says:

    Excellent idea! But first let’s install the altar rails, and *then* we’ll commission a rood screen.

  4. Mel says:

    I have a friend who spent a good deal of time in Naples when she was in the Navy. She loves the daily Rome shot. I do too. My Grandma was born in Abbruzzi, Italy.

  5. Gab says:

    @ThePapalCount, thank you!

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