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Santa Maria Maggiore attests the beginnings of the cult of Mary

In this Italian basilica in Rome, no less than 6 popes are buried, along with other significant personalities. It’s not situated inside the Vatican, but just like an embassy it is considered papal territory. It is one of the 4 churches that has the title of papal Basilica in Rome, along with: Saint Peter’s, the […]

Easter procession in Spain – Semana Santa

In the public processions of the Holly Week one can find the core of the Andalusian spirit and much of the European Medieval history. It all comes down to a sincere devotion and expression of religious sentiment from the Spanish people, but the significances and historic roots are so diverse. Its origins are linked to […]

Raphael Sanzio’s rooms in the Vatican

The tour through the Vatican Museum walks tourists through the countless sections that include Egyptology, ancient sculpture, tapestry, oil paintings. Before the high point represented by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, which is always the last point of the typical tour, the visitors meet the marvelous successive rooms covered with frescoes by Raphael and his students. For […]

Romantic Benedictine church in Klagenfurt on Maria Worth See peninsula

Carinthia is the southern region of Austria, famous for its ski resorts in the Alps, for its splendid lakes and for the numerous hiking paths in the surrounding mountains. The region has a long border with the north of Italy, which is crossed by excellent highways that break through the Alps with many long tunnels. […]

Votive Church in Szeged, a symphony of light

When entering the Votive Church in Szeged in a sunny day you get the lovely feeling of being surrounded by colors and light that is filtered through the large stained glass windows. The interior is painted almost entirely, maybe an Orthodox influence from over the Tisza river and without the excessive decorations of baroque. The […]

San Giovanni Laterano, the real cathedral of Rome

When people hear “the cathedral of Rome” usually think of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, from where the Pope delivers the Easter benediction. Well, in fact St Peter’s is not a cathedral at all, it’s a “regular” church, despite its architectural and historical value. The term cathedral comes from the Latin word for seat, […]

Baroque churches of Johann von Erlach

Though the Salzburger Dome is the most famous and the biggest cathedral in Salzburg, there are also other Baroque churches in the city of Mozart. The most important two, the Holly Third Church and the Collegiate Church, are the work of perhaps the most important Austrian architect, Johann von Erlach, the same man who designed […]

The tradition of depicting sufferance in the Catholic and Protestant art

The passion of Christ is a popular theme in the Western Christian world, that is almost absent from the Orthodox churches. The later followed the tradition of symbolic representation in icons. When Renaissance came in the West, with its rediscovery of the human body as it was presented by the sculptures of Antiquity, the two […]

St Stephen Cathedral, the Vatican of Budapest

The catholic cathedral of Saint Stephen in Budapest is the Hungarian equivalent of St Peter in Rome of London’s St Paul. It is the largest cathedral in the capital, equal in height with the iconic Hungarian Parliament building. It is a Neoclassical catholic church with two bell towers on the sides of the great dome. […]

Salzburger Dom, the baroque cathedral of Salzburg

The plaza of the catholic cathedral is the central point of Salzburg, Mozart’s hometown. It is the oldest cathedral in the city and one of the largest in Austria. Its monumental proportions are the endeavor of the ambitious archbishop Wolf Dietrich and of the Italian architect Santino Solari. This baroque masterpiece is the place where […]

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