Tag Archives: Ceilings

Saint Aloysius

This afternoon I prayed for you all at the tomb of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose feast we celebrate today. His tomb is in the great church of St. Ignatius, a few blocks from where I live. Here is a photo … Continue reading

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A Different Sistine Chapel

Today I stopped by the Basilica of St. Mary Major while I was out running some errands. Armed with my cell phone (and its less-than-mediocre camera), I took some photos to share. A view as I approached: Inside I was … Continue reading

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Another Visit to the Apostolic Palace

This afternoon I visited another chapel of the Apostolic Palace (see my previous chapel visit here – and also an earlier palace visit here). This one is the Pauline Chapel and it was constructed from 1538-1540. Michelangelo then painted some of the main … Continue reading

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Saint Philip Neri

Today, May 26th, is the Feast of St. Philip Neri, the great “apostle of Rome”. I went to his tomb today and prayed for you all. If you don’t have a devotion to this great saint, you really should. Read … Continue reading

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Some Chapel!

Here’s the view I had when I looked up at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, on my recent trip there. The Sainte-Chapelle, or Holy Chapel, was consecrated in 1248, having been constructed by St. Louis (King Louis IX) as a chapel to … Continue reading

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A Marian Saturday in Paris

I have loads of photos to share from my recent travels, but for the time being I’ll just post a few that I took today, as I visited various Marian images in the city of Paris, France. Mass this morning … Continue reading

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Sistine Ceiling

A bonus picture to add to my previous post about the Sistine Chapel: a photo of the ceiling. Notwithstanding the blurriness (worse around the edges) and light glare, it gives you a pretty good view of about 2/3 of the … Continue reading

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After Hours in the Sistine Chapel

Many people see the Sistine Chapel as part of the Vatican Museum tour: after spending a couple of hours browsing some of the world’s finest artistic treasures, you then find yourself in this exceedingly beautiful chapel – along with (seemingly) about … Continue reading

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Castel Gandolfo’s Main Church

Here are a few photos that I snapped of the main church in the town of Castel Gandolfo, located on the same square as the papal palace there. When the Pope goes to Castel Gandolfo, he usually celebrates at least one … Continue reading

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Dome Protester – Still There

Looks like a particularly bad case of “the Mondays” in the Vatican today… Our anti-austerity protester has spent a second night on the dome of St. Peter’s and was still there as of about 1:00pm today, when I walked by! … Continue reading

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Demonstration on the Dome

Happy Laetare Sunday! Last night we changed to daylight savings time here, so since we were losing an hour of sleep I thought that I would get up even earlier this morning and head down to St. Peter’s to celebrate … Continue reading

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Great Cathedral Mystery

Over at Amy Welborn’s blog, I took note of this interesting-looking program on PBS, about the great dome of the Cathedral in Florence, Italy, which was at the time an engineering marvel, and remains such: She highly recommends it. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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