The artist is on the ladder at work at the other end of the wall.
A contemporary Centurion soldier makes a mobile phone call.
A classically-styled sidewalk chalk drawing.
Uptight business men in sharp dark suits
The Column of Marcus Aurelius was erected to commemorate
Aurelius’ actions in the Marcomannic Danubian Wars that began in 166 AD.
The continuous frieze that wraps over 100 feet high
around the column depicts events of the battles.
Sweating and dazed, we round another corner
and yet another piece of history meets our eyes- the Pantheon!
Originally a pagan temple when constructed in 80AD,
it was later converted to a Catholic church in the 7th Century.
The eclectic collection mobbed by crowds
is lit by the only source in the building: the Oculus.
Meanwhile back outside…
Around a decrepit side of the Pantheon.
We duck inside to get out of the summer sun
Angel with the Crown of Thorns (In aerumna mea dum configitur spina) by Paolo Naldini,
Angel with the Sudarium (Veronica’s Veil)(Respice faciem Christi tui) by Cosimo Fancelli
Angel with the Nails (Aspicient ad me quem confixerunt) by Girolamo Lucenti,
Angel with the Garment and Dice (Super vestimentum meum miserunt sortem) by Paolo Naldini
St. Paul with Book and Broken Sword (Borgo) by Paolo Romano,
St. Peter with Book (Rione XIV) by Lorenzetto
Angel with the Column (Tronus meus in columna) by Antonio Raggi,
Angel with the Whips (In flagella paratus sum) by Lazzaro Morelli
Angel with the Cross (Cuius principatus super humerum eius) by Ercole Ferrata,
Angel with the Superscription (Regnavit a ligno deus) by Giulio Cartari
Angel with the Lance (Vulnerasti cor meum) by Domenico Guidi,
Angel with the Sponge (Potaverunt me aceto) by Antonio Giorgetti
The end of our walking tour, Saint Peter’s is in sight.
The Canadian Embassy, Mr. Toronto gets his picture taken.
The street opens to Piazza San Pietro,
lined with elegant colonnades that frame the Basilica.
Panorama of St. Peter Square (Image Source: Internet)
The Vatican is closed to visitors at this time of day.
The Egyptian Obelisk of the 13th century BC,
was taken to Rome in AD 37 by Emperor Caligula,
and again was moved and re-erected in 1586.