The Basilica seemed a little bit out of the way to me (probably because I wasn’t really paying a lot of attention to where we were going), but it wasn’t very far from a metro station and only a few stops from Termini.
The Basilica has the distinction of being the seat of the Bishop of Rome, who also happens to be the Pope.
The inside, like the previous Papal Basilicas, is very large, very grand, and beautifully decorated.
The impressively large baldacchino holds statues of St Paul and St Peter
Along the sides are larger than life sculptures of the Apostles, with St Peter and St Paul closest to the altar.
We didn’t spend a whole lot of time here, and it was the last of the four major basilicas that we visited.
It’s been almost a month in the apartment now, and it’s time to move the rest of the stuff out of the house into storage. Tomorrow we rent a big moving truck again, load up the rest of the stuff stashed in the garage and move it to storage.
The kitchen has new counters, the archway into the former office and the door between the shack and the bedroom are both filled in, and the walls have a fresh coat of paint on them. The house is now a 4 bedroom (counting the room over the garage), 2 bathroom house as it was originally designed to be.
Next week the carpet and vinyl get replaced. While that’s happening, I’ll be re-screening the back porch and putting back the shelves that had to be taken down for painting. Then put the appliances back, a bunch of cleaning and the house goes on the market!
Going through the front entrance puts you into a nice little garden square with a large statue of St Paul in the middle.
Inside, the Basilica is very long, and like all the churches in Rome, beautifully decorated. On the walls just below the ceiling are mosaics of all the Popes, with the current pope lit up by a spotlight.
I counted about a dozen or so empty spots for future popes. Not sure what happens when those are all filled up.
There’s also a gift shop/book shop here, a little cafe where you can get some food and drinks (including beer…how many churches can you say you’ve had a beer at?!). There’s also an archaeological dig/exhibit, but it wasn’t open when we were there. Looked like it would have been pretty interesting to go through. Near the Basilica is an archaeological dig of a necropolis which looked pretty interesting through the fence.
Definitely worth adding to the list of places to visit when you’re in Rome.
We get to the church at around 0730, and while I’m getting the tables and chairs set up, Connie’s picking up the doughnut order from the Krispy Kreme down the road.
We get anywhere from 14-18 dozen doughnuts each week. The amount depends on the time of year, and sometimes the weather forecast. There are usually fewer doughnuts over the summer (lots of people out of town on vacations) and during the colder months. Some days we have just enough doughnuts, some days we end up with 2 or 3 dozen left over. It’s always a bit of a crap shoot trying to figure out how many to order.
There’s coffee (regular and decaf) and tea for the grown-ups, hot chocolate, apple and orange juice for the kids and plenty of doughnuts to go around.
We’ve met some really nice people who have become coffee/doughnut helpers (serving doughnuts, pouring cups of juice for kids, cleaning up). It’s a bit of work, but we enjoy doing it. It’s nice to see parishioners and their families come in, sit, chat and socialize over coffee and doughnuts.
If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop in, say hi and have a doughnut! We do coffee and doughnuts pretty much every Sunday except for the third Sunday of each month (Knights of Columbus do their pancake breakfast that day). The doors open after the 9AM Mass, which usually ends around 10AM and we normally stick around until 11AM.