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In 30 months, St. Peterís Square to resemble the 1600s (Restoration project begins)
L'Osservatore Romano ^ | August 13, 2011

Posted on 08/13/2011 1:31:39 PM PDT by NYer

In thirty months, St. Peters Square will return to looking like that which was conceived and built in the second half of the 1600s. Work has already begun on the Bernini columns and soon they will be restored in all of their original color and brilliance; as one of the most important Baroque symbols, famous not only in architecture and urban planning – as a space dedicated to public religious ceremonies – but also as highly allegorical artistic representation of an ecumenical embrace of the universal Church to all people.

The immense construction site aims to restore all of the architectural and decorative elements of the Square: 284 columns, 92 pillars, 140 statues, 6 papal coat of arms, 1200 meters of balustrade and crown mouldings as well as 3400 square meters of paneled ceilings. Then there are the two celebrated twin fountains – the Clementina and the Gregoriana – and of course, the Egyptian obelisk in granite, 42 meters high, erected in 1586 by Sixtus V at the center of the Square. Even the 18th century lamps around the obelisk will be restored, according to the Director of Technical Services of the Governatorate, Pier Carlo Cuscianna.

This immense project, “made possible thanks to generous sponsors and Divine Providence,” said Cuscianna, “will take around two and a half years and will involve detailed direction from the Governatorate of the Vatican City State,” who will work with the engineers and architects in specific areas of planning, verifying and execution of the works.

Scientific, artistic, historical and monumental aspects will be handled by the Vatican Museums, directed by Antonio Paolucci and supported by a group of expert restorers, specialists and researchers from the Superintendence of Architectural Heritage of the Vatican City State. The duty of regulating the financing of the work and its execution will lie with the Direction of the Accounting of the State and the Juridical Office. The general restoration and works have been tendered to the Associazione Temporanea di Imprese: Italiana Costruzioni and Fratelli Navarra. Cuscianna emphasizes that the most significant contribution to the project has been given by the President of the Governatorate, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo who has, “steered clearly and firmly in these turbulent economic and financial times,” and the Secretary General, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’ in “putting together this long and arduous interdisciplinary undertaking.”


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History
KEYWORDS: architecture; italy; restoration; rome

1 posted on 08/13/2011 1:31:44 PM PDT by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 08/13/2011 1:32:28 PM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

No bathrooms? Good thing I’ll be staying home, then.


3 posted on 08/13/2011 1:38:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: Tax-chick

Angeli sunt.


4 posted on 08/13/2011 1:42:17 PM PDT by seton89 (Starve the Beast)
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To: seton89

Typhoid, cholera, the Black Death ...

No, but seriesly, I’m sure it will be lovely. I’ll catch in on “Rick Steves’ Europe.”


5 posted on 08/13/2011 1:49:09 PM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: Tax-chick

lol!


6 posted on 08/13/2011 1:51:59 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: NYer
Will they continue Bernini's columns around the square and close off the Via della Conciliazione?

That was the original plan. The pilgrim was to move through the twisting, narrow lanes of late medieval of Rome and BOOM! enter the astoundingly broad, sunlit piazza before mounting the steps of the basilica. Mussolini built the triumphal approach to the square to make nice with the Church. They should've said 'thanks, but no thanks.'

7 posted on 08/13/2011 1:56:49 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: Tax-chick

The Vatican restrooms are great. They’re the only ones with drinking fountains. I saw no others anywhere else in Europe.


8 posted on 08/13/2011 2:03:41 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Sweden - one of the next Muslim countries)
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To: vladimir998
The Vatican restrooms are great. They’re the only ones with drinking fountains. I saw no others anywhere else in Europe.

Please don't tell me that they are in the stalls...

9 posted on 08/13/2011 2:31:43 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: vladimir998
"The Vatican restrooms are great. They’re the only ones with drinking fountains. I saw no others anywhere else in Europe."

Or anywhere else in the civilized world. Do suppose there might be a reason for that? Like, because the air is full of atomized feces and urine from flushing? Typhoid! What a gift from El Papa!

Perhaps the Church wants another Plague. The last one worked out fairly well, where everyone was pledging their property to God if he would only spare them. The Church cleaned up with a sudden flood of ownerless real estate...

10 posted on 08/13/2011 3:13:17 PM PDT by jonascord (Politicians should be pelted with human manure, weekly, to remind them of their worth to society.)
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To: vladimir998
They’re the only ones with drinking fountains

Trying to find a drinking fountain in Europe is quite hard!
The Vatican is quite a fabulous place~~~drinking fountain's or not!

11 posted on 08/13/2011 3:42:32 PM PDT by Isabel2010
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To: vladimir998
They’re the only ones with drinking fountains

Trying to find a drinking fountain in Europe is quite hard!
The Vatican is quite a fabulous place~~~drinking fountain's or not!

12 posted on 08/13/2011 3:42:40 PM PDT by Isabel2010
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To: vladimir998
They’re the only ones with drinking fountains

Trying to find a drinking fountain in Europe is quite hard!
The Vatican is quite a fabulous place~~~drinking fountain's or not!

13 posted on 08/13/2011 3:42:40 PM PDT by Isabel2010
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To: Isabel2010

Those aren’t drinking fountains. You sit above them, and clean yourself. Please tell us you didn’t drink out of them.


14 posted on 08/13/2011 3:48:04 PM PDT by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: political1
Those aren’t drinking fountains. You sit above them, and clean yourself. Please tell us you didn’t drink out of them.

You owe me a keyboard.....

15 posted on 08/13/2011 4:06:54 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: NYer

Showed this post to my fiance and she said we need to go visit!


16 posted on 08/13/2011 6:02:00 PM PDT by Shark24
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To: jonascord
"The Vatican restrooms are great. They’re the only ones with drinking fountains. I saw no others anywhere else in Europe."

Or anywhere else in the civilized world. Do suppose there might be a reason for that? Like, because the air is full of atomized feces and urine from flushing? Typhoid! What a gift from El Papa! Perhaps the Church wants another Plague. The last one worked out fairly well, where everyone was pledging their property to God if he would only spare them. The Church cleaned up with a sudden flood of ownerless real estate...

Don't pop anything unimportant.


17 posted on 08/13/2011 6:55:43 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: vladimir998; MarkBsnr

Fascinating. I remember the museum had water fountains in Amsterdam, but that might have been the only place. It was hard enough for them that I would ask for a cup of water from the sink!

My mom said she’d take me to Rome for her 75th birthday (May of 2013), but now Dad has Alzheimer’s and I’m pregnant again, so it may be PBS-Explorer Channel for both of us.


18 posted on 08/13/2011 7:23:32 PM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: MarkBsnr

You wrote:

“Please don’t tell me that they are in the stalls...”

No, silly, that’s where you find the wine bars!


19 posted on 08/13/2011 8:47:36 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Sweden - one of the next Muslim countries)
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To: jonascord

Gee, you’re kind of “glass-half-full” guy, huh?


20 posted on 08/13/2011 8:49:54 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Sweden - one of the next Muslim countries)
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To: Tax-chick

Pregnant again? God bless you!


21 posted on 08/13/2011 8:52:10 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Sweden - one of the next Muslim countries)
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To: vladimir998
"Gee, you’re kind of “glass-half-full” guy, huh?"

Actually, I'm the "The glass is twice the size it needs to be." kind of guy.

It's a failing sometimes, and an advantage when it counts. But that DOES sound like my ex-wife. You wouldn't BELIEVE what she thought was important.

22 posted on 08/13/2011 9:46:37 PM PDT by jonascord (Politicians should be pelted with human manure, weekly, to remind them of their worth to society.)
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To: vladimir998

Thank you. Maybe one of my sons will be Pope and take me to Rome, before I’m too old to walk ;-).


23 posted on 08/14/2011 4:18:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: NYer

Won’t be authentic unless they have at least half a dozen ears that fell off of people with leprosy lying around.

Toss in a couple bodies of people who died from Syphilis and I MIGHT believe the recreation...

Hey! If you’re gonna do it, do it right!


24 posted on 08/14/2011 4:51:24 AM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: Isabel2010

The water in some of the fountains is potable. There is a lovely one outside of St Teresa of the Angels and Martyrs that everyone drinks out of. I bring a collapsible bottle with me when traveling in Europe for water.


25 posted on 08/14/2011 5:52:59 AM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Live every week like it's Shark Week!)
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To: Shark24
Showed this post to my fiance and she said we need to go visit!

Absolutely! But wait until the work is completed. Also plan a trip to Florence and Assisi. Both will move your hearts and souls.


Florence


Assisi

26 posted on 08/14/2011 6:02:48 AM PDT by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: djf
Apparently, the Inquisition in Rome was much less far reaching than to one in Spain.

I was going to suggest that they grab the occasional German tourist and set him on fire as a demo for the kiddies, to demonstrate the fate of all followers of Luther, but if they only torched 1250 out of 51,000...

However, keep in mind: " If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a little while. If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life."

27 posted on 08/14/2011 8:38:38 AM PDT by jonascord (Politicians should be pelted with human manure, weekly, to remind them of their worth to society.)
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To: jonascord

Lol!

A couple hot heretics to keep the faithful warm, eh??


28 posted on 08/14/2011 1:09:39 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: jonascord
The Germans gave Rome a pretty good going over themselves in the 16th Century, actually.

Sack of Rome (1527)

29 posted on 08/14/2011 4:03:25 PM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: Campion

I also recall two other snippy little spats. One in ‘16, and another in ‘43.


30 posted on 08/14/2011 9:13:32 PM PDT by jonascord (Politicians should be pelted with human manure, weekly, to remind them of their worth to society.)
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To: vladimir998
“Please don’t tell me that they are in the stalls...”

No, silly, that’s where you find the wine bars!

Hmm. Novus Ordo is everywhere.

31 posted on 08/15/2011 5:37:37 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: Tax-chick
I’m pregnant again

Productive!!!! How many does this make? By golly we Catholics are NOT going to be drowned in a sea of Muslims. Congratulations. I've managed six myself thus far...

32 posted on 08/15/2011 5:43:14 PM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: jonascord

I’d take the Spanish Inquision trails any day over the 500 yr (900yr) Irish “take over” by the British.
Elizabeth I: The Irish problem is solved - they’re dying like rats in the street. The Irish were lorded over by psycopathic, interbred, thieving, murdering, occult practicing uppercrusts - Magistrates and Lord Deputies who despised the Irish Catholics. One of them was called “Burn-Chapel” Whaley on account of his penchant for setting fire to Catholic churches.

At least the Spanish got a decent trial and many more got to live than were executed. The Irish could only have wished for an Inquision.


33 posted on 08/16/2011 2:06:57 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: MarkBsnr

Ten.

As I mentioned on another thread, Moslems (with their custom of first-cousin marriage) have a lower natural fertility rate than we who come from a varied gene pool. If they have growth and we don’t, it’s simply because of prioritizing.


34 posted on 08/16/2011 3:43:39 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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To: Tax-chick
I’m pregnant again

Productive!!!! How many does this make?

Ten.

We are not worthy. We are not worthy


35 posted on 08/16/2011 5:58:07 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: MarkBsnr

Heh. There was a lady with 13 at the homeschool association middle-school girls’ party last Saturday. It was fun telling my daughters, “And you thought YOU had too many brothers!”


36 posted on 08/16/2011 6:00:23 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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