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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

19/06/2019, 12:12

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #romeisus, #atourguiderome, #reliquia, #rome, #roma, #pittura, #dipinto, #ges¨, #cristo, #cappella



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 The "Sancta Sanctorum" is a sacred chapel full of relics. And some of them, like a painting depicting Jesus, are very specials...



One of the most sacred Christian places is the so called "Sancta Sanctorum", known also as St Lawrence Chapel. The holy place is a small jewel, thanks to the medieval frescos in the walls and the amazing medieval polychrome floor. But the real treasure of the "Sancta Sanctorum" is composed by the relics that are host here. At the beginning of the last century some of them were moved in the Vatican Museums, but the most precious ones are here, still today, in the holy place. Keep in mind how the St Lawrence Chapel was the private chapel of the Patriarchio, the original building were the Popes lived, over the centuries. The old Patriarchio stood next to the St John in Lateran Basilica, that still today is considered the official headquarter of the Popes in Rome. Just around the XIII century the pontiffs moved in the Vatican area. Moreover imagine how the Patriarchio was restored and renovated several times, until the XVI century when the "Sancta Sanctorum" was moved here, in the modern location, just after the Holy Staircase. According to the traditions those marble steps were moved in Rome by St Helen, the Costantine’s mother. She believed that the steps had touched the Jesus’ feet, because they lead to the Sinedrio, the place where he was judged before his execution. So, in order to live again the Passion of Christ, the pilgrims should move above the stairs with the knees. Coming back to the St Lawrence Chapel we must focus on the figure of Jesus at the background, surrounded by golden and silver decorations. Just above the work of art an important inscription is telling us how important is this place: "Non est in toto sanctior orbe locus" ("There is not another place in the world more sacred than this one"). According to the traditions this painting, impressed on a canvas linen and fixed on a wooden table, was directly painted by St Luke. It is a sort of historical photo, because we are looking at how really was the Jesus’ face. We should also know how the masterpiece is not completely original, due to ups and downs suffered by it. For example there is the fabric silk would by the Pope Alexander III at the XII century, that is covering the original painting. But there is also the golden nimbus, added at the X century. Imagine how over the centuries only the Popes could touch and see this masterpiece, mainly during processions or special rituals. We should thank the Pope Sixtus V who, at the end of the XVI century, put the chapel here allowing to the pilgrims to see the holy place and the sacred image. But now there’s the main thing about it. This picture is called "acheropita", an italian word that comes from the greek word "acheiropoietos", that means "not painted by a human hand". For the traditions St Luke partly painted his work of art, but then some angels finished it. What is important to understand is how this work of art is considered a concrete proof of the human and divine exsistence of Jesus in our Earth... #unaguidaturisticaroma#romeisus #Rome #atourguiderome #Roma #Ges├╣ #acheropita #sanctasanctorum#cappella #SanLorenzo #reliquia #religione


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