Day Twenty Seven,Vittoriano, Mamertine, Rome

December 11, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I returned to the monument "il Vittoriano" built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. I took the opportunity this time to go in it and "ON" it.  You can see two soldiers on either side of the tomb of the unknown soldier.

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Inside of the building was an alter or sorts that honoured 4 saints.

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from on top of the roof of the Il VittorianoI could see most of Rome.  To the south I could see the colosseum .

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On either side of the roof-top viewing area was the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas. 

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Just beneath me to the south was the roof of Saint Maria In Aracoeli.

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And you can see below the ceiling of Saint Maria In Aracoeli.

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This known as the Mamertine prison. tradition tells us that Paul and Peter both were held in this prison before they were martyred.

Upon entering the city of Rome, "Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment" (Acts 27:1) handed Paul over to the Prefect of the Praetorian Guard (the commanding officer). The official duty of the Prefect was to keep in custody all accused persons who were to be tried before the Emperor. "Now when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard; but Paul was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him." (Acts 28:16).

to read more on this Paul time in prison in Rome - Click this sentence.

The church of San Giuseppe dei Falegnami now stands above the Mamertine.

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There was only one entrance and exit from the prison below... You can see the hole in the stone floor where Paul and Peter were dropped into.

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Here is the holding cell.  It is said that Paul was chained to the pole at the back of the room.

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On the main floor a sculpture of Paul and Peter is protected behind bars.  Who do think is holding is Keys, and who is holding the sword?

 


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