Monday, December 15, 2008

Advent Calendar: Roman Door 15

Door inside the Porta del Popolo. Usually when one enters this gate, one is swept away by the Piazza del Popolo, with the second oldest obelisk in Rome (taken from the Circus Maximus) and twin churches at the far end. To the left of the gate is the Augustinian parish of Santa Maria del Popolo, with the wonderful paintings of St. Paul’s Conversion and St. Peter’s Martyrdom by Carravigio. The marker above this little door identifies the district as the ancient Roman neighborhood of the Field of Mars.

In context, this door is dwarfed by the large gates of the Aurelian Wall that open to the piazza from the Via Flaminia, the ancient road to Northern Italy.

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
From Handel's Messiah: Part I
Alto Air

1 comment:

Maureen said...

The difference in door size is amazing. I think this is an awesome photo. I can't wait to see tomorrow's door. By the way where is the door handle on the large door?