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 Church Walk, Scavi St Peter’s Group Experience, & Potluck

Once everyone is met up at the UW Rome Center, we get a presentation by a fellow classmate on Caravaggio, who was not only famous for his intense use of lights and darks in his work but also his rebel ways which were controversial as it involved him in lower class association and violence. He was eventually exiled for murder then died of lead poisoning.

After the briefing, Curt takes us on an adventure of countless churches to learn and admire their histories, architecture, and artwork within. It is explained to us that materials such as red and green porforee stones, are as ancient that resources are unavailable to us today and that methods of construction for columns were, sliced like pancakes, then stacked from the floor.

One of the churches visited, Church Minerva, the only gothic church, contains works by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Philippe. It was fascinating to learn that tombs within churches often possessed only parts of bodies of relics as the body was divided to be distributed to different locations for economical reasons such as donations as well as for religious customs such as the main body to be returned to its origin.

The church walk is followed by a visit to Scavi St. Peter’s, an archeological site, which we take a guided tour and learn how St. Peter was perceived to have burned due to angry gods and the allegory of how a phoenix is reborn from ashes to new life, and in the evening, the students organize a special potluck and gather for some good food and company for the perfect end to a busy Thursday.

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