Santa Maria in Trastevere

We all have places we like to return to when visiting. As for me, having majored in the Sience of Religion, it comes somewhat natural to "spiritual places". In Rome there is plenty of them! But, I like particularly that old church, Santa Maria in Trastevere not only due to its age, but also due to the "air" of it, because as such it does not differ very much from other houses of worship of the time. No, there is a feeling of some sort of intimacy that one might experience there: I don't really believe it is possible to visualizer that in photos, not within an hour at least…
There is plenty to learn about this place, but I rather refer you to Wikipedia on the issue.
However, there is also a small Swedish connection here; in the 1800th century it was still a capital crime for any Swede in the Protestant kingdom to return to the Catholic faith of his ancestors. Doing so would end up in martyrdom, less you ran, or converted abroad. Such a "returnee" became rector at S. Maria in Trastevere.

 


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