Vatican sarcophagi

In the Vatican Museums, one can admire a wonderful collection of early Christian sarcophagi. Most date from the fourth century CE. This was a crucial period in the history of Christianity. In the middle of the previous century Christians still suffered persecutions under the emperors Decius and Valerianus. Around the…

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Vaticaanse sarcofagen

De Vaticaanse Musea bezitten een prachtige collectie vroegchristelijke sarcofagen. De meeste dateren van de vierde eeuw van onze jaartelling. Dit was voor het christendom een cruciale periode in zijn geschiedenis. In het midden van de eeuw daarvoor waren er onder de keizers Decius en Valerianus nog christenvervolgingen geweest. Omstreeks het…

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Bardolino: San Severo

On the edge of Bardolino’s small centre, we find the Romanesque church of San Severo. This church should not be confused with the church of San Nicolò e San Severo situated in the centre itself. The latter is a neo-classicist monstrosity that visitors to Bardolino should really skip. The San…

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Rome: Santa Costanza

De Santa Costanza is echt een juweeltje. Ze staat aan de Via Nomentana, op slechts een steenworp afstand van de Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura, en wordt niet veel bezocht door toeristen. Sterker nog, toen ik de kerk in januari 2017 bezocht, was ik de enige bezoeker. Het gebouw diende oorspronkelijk…

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Rome: Santa Costanza

The Santa Costanza is a little gem. Located on the Via Nomentana, just a stone’s throw away from the Sant’Agnese fuori le Mura, it is not frequented much by tourists and I was in fact the only visitor when I visited the church in January 2017. The edifice used to…

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Arezzo: San Francesco

A visit to the church of San Francesco can be considered the highlight of any trip to Arezzo. The church itself is not very special. It was built in the second half of the thirteenth century (ca. 1290) and acquired its present form in the Tuscan-Gothic style about one hundred…

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Rome: Santa Croce in Gerusalemme

The Santa Croce in Gerusalemme is an old Roman Catholic church that is just within the third century Aurelian Walls of the city. The church is architecturally and culturally rather unimpressive, but it is very important from a religious point of view. There has been a Christian place of worship…

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