Sunday, December 7, 2008

Advent Calendar: Roman Door 7

Door of the church of San Marcello on Via del Corso. This door is set in the late 17th century concave facade designed by Carlo Fontana. The original church on this spot was built in the 4th century to honor Pope Marcellus I, who was sentenced to forced labor by the Emperor Maxentius. This was the site of the ancient Roman post office, and Marcellus was presumable working here as a slave. Construction of the present building began after a fire destroyed the original structure in the 16th century.

Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us.
From Handel's Messiah: Part I
Alto Recitative

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