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Rome, Day 2, Part 1

The Good, The Questions and the Scroll of Disappointments

semi-overcast 28 °C

It's 2:00pm Rome time. So far today, we visited the Basilica di Santa Maria Aracoeli and the Capitoline Museums, both within walking distance of our hotel. And, then there was lunch. I'll get to that.

The Good
We loved visiting the Basilica relatively early, when there were very few people and it was very quiet.

We were very glad to have avoided (without planning) what is clearly the main entrance of the church (how many steps is that? Maybe a half million?):

Medusa in the Pit of Despair (Capitoline) speaks for itself:

The Greyhound statue at the Capitoline:

Giant Constantine, in pieces (Capitoline):

The giant Marcus Aurelius statue (Cap):

We loved the room with narration along with the ancient list of emperors, counselors, etc. at the Cap. Very cool. Unfortunately, no photo.

The painting that includes what looks like a check of a vaccination card:

A Wedding!

Not many people anywhere:

The Scroll of Disappointment (the Bad)
There was a guy in the Capitoline Museum with an obnoxious Beavis and Butthead t-shirt. The shirt was very much out of place in such a dignified museum. The guy seemed to be European, so maybe he didn't know that he should avoid Beavis and Butthead? We can hope.

While the church was amazing, there are times (and this was certainly one of them) when a visit to a Roman Catholic church reminds me that the Reformers were really onto something important.
Is it really necessary to have so much stuff in a church?

Was it intentional to put the large Pope Urban statue in front of the painting of the Rape of the Sabine women (in the Capitoline), as if he's presiding over the incident?

The Capitoline needs more places to sit!

We keep walking by possible Lemon Gardens, and are frequently reminded of what happened yesterday, when we got taken it (for a short time) by a Roman scam artist.

The Questions
The Question of the Day (so far) is: Can a church have too many chandeliers?
The answer is: yes.

Second (related) question: If Old South had more chandeliers, would we have more members?
The answer: I really don't want to think about it, or guess.

The Last Question, so far today: Despite considerable effort and focus to find a new and exciting place to have lunch, how in the world did we end up at the same place as yesterday?

Posted by ReisAdventures 12:15 Archived in Italy Tagged museums church basilica santa di maria chandeliers aracoeli capitoline

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