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... church. I guess I have to say that I'm very tired of seeing Jesus Christ in His crucified state all over the place. He is arisen and sitting on the right hand of God the Father so would love to see more of that aspect of Him celebrated. There are a few but not many, especially if you were to compare the instances of the two. I then made my way to the highly celebrated Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella, beautiful and wonderful smelling perfumes, soaps, etc... ...
... were able to see remains of Roman houses on which Santa Reparata was erected.
Our third stop was to the Baptistery. We decided to climb the Duomo last since it was even higher than the Bell Tower. This was a beautiful building and all of the doors have different meanings. One of the more famous doors is the "Gates of Paradise" which is made of Gold and shows 10 scenes from the Old Testament. We sat in here to relax a bit ...
... the opulence, a little side chapel held a family celebrating the baptism of their infant, and the "red light special" confessional boxes in different languages lined the side aisles. Built in about 435AD, the church reflects the opinion of that time that Rome was not only the center of the Christian world, but maybe (egomaniacally) the center of the known world.
It was another beautiful, perfectly sunny day in Rome. But, we had a train to catch, so ...
The Italians continue to amuse me, it appeared that most of the shops were closed on Saturday and Sunday where I was (a bit of a shock when you have no food at all) and they seem to be able to find a parking space anywhere. It just doesn't matter, if there isn't enough room to parallel park they'll simply mount the curb and leave half their car on the pavement and half on the road.
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... quickly reached the triumphal arch erected in celebration of Italy's unification, which forms the entryway to the Piazza della Repubblica. This is now a spacious public square bordered by elegant cafés, retail shops, and the Rinascente depart-ment store. From this square, it was just a few more blocks to the north before we reached the Piazza del Duomo, where Florence's famous cathedral (Duomo), crowned ...