Daily Rome Shot 215

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  1. Andreas says:

    Hmmm….this one is rather difficult and I hope you will forgive me for providing some ill-supported hypotheses here. The stone bearing the name Agnes appears to be a way marker or some other type of indices of a sacred place.

    The wall painting behind the stone may provide a clue to the location of the stone. Not much is shown in the photo, but abit of wild speculation makes me believe that the painting depicts what might be the four rivers of Paradise (Gion, Fison, Tigris and Eufrates) (ref.: https://second.wikiwikifrc3bchchristliche_ mosaiken_ in_ rom). I know that Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi stands in the Piazza Navona fore the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.

    I am left wondering, therefore, if the location of the stone is in or near the church. If so, the wall painting suggests that the stone may be in one of the oldest parts of the original St. Agnes Oratory (12th century) about which the church we see today was built. If not, the painting and wall decorations suggest that the stone may be located either in the Vatcan Museum or a venue far older than the principally Baroque Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone we see today.

    Well, Father, after all this I must now confess that, in the end, I am indeed stumped. As there appear to be no other comments here, I was wondering if you might provide us with the answer as to the nature and whereabouts of this stone.

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