Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ad Limina Apostolorum, Part V: St. John Lateran

St. Matthew

Tomb of Innocent III

Tomb of Leo XIII

Chesterton's The Resurrection of Rome has an interesting reflection on the tombs of these two popes, which flank the apse of the basilica. The tomb of the great medieval pope was built by Leo XIII, the great medievalist, in the medieval style with Innocent portrayed as if asleep. Leo himself, however, was given the classic baroque monument. Chesterton weaves this into an extensive exursus on medieval Rome, whose traces are barely discernible in the modern city.

St. Hilary of Poitiers


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