As well as the Neapolitan crib scene in the previous blog entry, the church of Sant’Ignazio in Rome has plenty of other interior details to enjoy – including the trompe l’oeil (optical illusion) ceiling. The dramatic views of blue sky, clouds, saints and angels through towering arches are actually painted on.
We saw this impressive Neapolitan presepio (Christmas crib/manger scene) in the church of Sant’Ignazio (St Ignatius) in Rome a few months back. Towards the top of of the busy village scene you can see the familiar Christmas story with the Holy Family, angels, wise men, etc.
Plenty more arches in Pisa, including on the facade of the church of San Paolo a Ripa d’Arno (above) and along the Borgo Stretto, the main shopping street.
We also noticed this impressive skull and Crossbones during our visit to Pisa earlier this month. It’s on a tomb in the church of San Nicola.
With Halloween just a few days away, here are some skeletons that we saw during our visit to Pisa in Tuscany earlier this month.
The skeleton up top is on a tomb in the church of San Frediano (below). And there are more skeletons depicted in the panel above its head.
While we were in Mandurah recently, we had a few reminders that Christmas was just a few days away.
There was a Christmas crib scene outside Christ’s Church, which was consecrated in 1871 and expanded later, and a nativity scene in the stained glass as well. Merry Christmas!
We also liked some of the details inside St Michael’s Church in St Albans. The wooden pulpit above dates from late 16th or early 17th century and has all mod cons, including an hour glass to ensure the sermon doesn’t go on for too long.
There is also a 17th century monument to the statesman/scientist Francis Bacon. He is supposedly relaxing, but looks amusingly like he is sleeping through the sermon.