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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

03/06/2019, 12:12

#unaguidaturistica, #atourguiderome, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #tomba, #cardinale, #barberini, #seplocro, #tomb, #cardinal



THE-TOMB-OF-THE-CARDINAL-ANTONIO:-SIMPLE-AND-SOBER


 In the Church of Santa Maria dell’Immacolata Concezione there are several Baroque surprises, but also an ordinary and simple tomb owned by a Cardinal, a special Cardinal...



At the beginning of Via Veneto, one of the most famous roads in #Rome, you will find the Church of Santa Maria dell’Immacolata Concezione (St Mary of the Immaculate Conception), which was erected at the beginning of the XVII century. Still today it is located nearby the monastery managed by the Capuchin brotherhood, where you can also visit the famous Crypt with its walls and decorations made with human skulls... but now think about the church which was released again during te Baroque age. Here there are several works of art left by some of the greatest masters of that time: you can find a painting by Guido Reni, his "Michael the Arcangel"), or canvases by Andrea Sacchi and Pietro da Cortona, other important characters of the Baroque age. Inside the Church of Santa Maria dell’Immacolata Concezione there’s also the marble tomb dedicated to Alessandro Sobieski, the son of John III, king of Poland. When I go to this church there’s mainly one thing that impressed me. Just in front of the main altar, looking down on the floor, there is a simple tomb, something really sober. This sepulchre is dedicated to Antonio Barberini, the man of the XVII century who commissioned the site construction of this church. On the marlbe slab there is a latin inscription, that is "Hic Iacet Puluis Cinis et Nihil", that means "Here rests just dust, ash and nothing". An inscription that could suggest us sobriety and moderation, But let me tell you who was Antonio Barberini, simply one of the most powerful man of his time! First of all he was a cardinal, but not an ordinary one. He was also one of the brothers of the Pope Urbano VIII, another member of the Barberini family. You can understand how for Antonio was very easy to climb the clerical pyramid...at the 1628 he became cardinal, and then the archpriest of the St John in Lateran Basilica, one of the most important sacred places of Rome. Then, why not, he became also the general of the pontifical army! After some years his career was stopped by two events: the death of his brother and Pope, Urbano VIII; and the election of the other Pontiff, Innocenzo X. He was a member of the Pamphilj family, and of course he supported his relatives. It is the reason why he faced the Barberini family, which got richer over the years. Antonio was charged for several frauds and he escaped, going to France. But then he tried to find new and good relationships with the Pope Innocenzo X, doing something important for himself: he embraced a new spiritual life, leaving all the wordly things in order to follow a sort of monastic existence. He helped a lot the Capuchin Order, and it is the reason why his tomb his here. It is nice to understand how a powerful cardinal, at the end of his life, was able to underline how all the men, just in fron of God, are exactly the same: just men... #romeisus #Rome#Roma #atourguiderome #unaguidaturisticaroma


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