The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

The Pantheon aka Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres

Inside the Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres (1)

Dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres

Inside the Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres (2)

Front Altar of the Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres

Pictures above Altar of Annuciazone (Annunciation) (1) inside the Basilica di Santa...

Pictures above Altar of Annuciazone (2) inside the Basilica di Santa Maria...

Pictures above Altar of Annuciazone (3) inside the Basilica di Santa Maria...

Pictures above Altar of Annuciazone (4) inside the Basilica di Santa Maria...

Capella di San Giuseppe di Tarrasante inside the Basilica di Santa Maria...

Piazza Della Rotunda

Nave of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Chapel of Annunciation in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Rear wall of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Rose Window of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Piazza Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Cheisa Di Sant' Ivo Alla Sapienza

Front Altar of Cheisa Di Sant' Ivo Alla Sapienza

Dome of Cheisa Di Sant' Ivo Alla Sapienza

Basilica Sant Andrea Della Valle

Front Altar of Basilica Sant Andrea Della Valle

Ceiling above Front Altar of Basilica Sant Andrea Della Valle

Dome of Basilica Sant Andrea Della Valle

Ceiling of Nave of Basilica Sant Andrea Della Valle

Piazza Navona with Fontana del Moro


Today we attended at the American Express office at Piazza de Spagna to obtain a replacement credit card following our pick-pocket incident of the night before only to find that the office was closed for a local two-day church holiday, yesterday being the Day of Assumption. Since we couldn't get anything done, we continued with our sight seeing visiting the Pantheon, a temple to "all the Gods". It was built in the 1st century and is Rome's best preserved ancient building and now houses the Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres. The Piazza della Rotunda is located just in front of the Pantheon. We then made our way to various churches and piazzas in the area - the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and the sculpture of an elephant supporting an Egyptian obelisk by Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva; the Cheisa Di Sant' Ivo Alla Sapienza, hidden in the courtyard of Palazzo della Sapienza, built by Borromini between 1642 - 1660; the Basilica Sant' Andrea Della Valle, the setting for the first act of Puccini's Tosca and the Piazza Navona, which has the Fontana del Moro and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and is surrounded by palaces and street cafes and outlines the shape of a 1st century stadium built by Domitian (similar to the shape of the stadium at the Palatines in the pictures from yesterday). There seems to be a church around every corner at every piazza and one could not see them all without a good street map and an extended stay in Rome. I think we'll leave that to another trip.....



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