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May 11, 2007

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Heidi Renee

Hi Michael - thanks for your nice comment on Scot's blog - the amount to wade through is torturous - so I thought I'd come here and respond so that it was easier to find! :)

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks Heidi. I think your observations about how we so frequently operate from mindset of scarcity were very insightful.

Dana Ames

The German word for "cathedral" is Dom (pronounce dohm).

One of these days I'm going to study church architecture more closely.

Dana

Michael W. Kruse

The Cathedral in the Danish town of Ribe, where my great-grandfather came from is called a "domkirke."

I don't know much of the specifics of St. Peter's Basilica layout but I have read that it, along with other bascilica's based very much on the Roman domus. St. Peter's sort of became the "house church" on steroids.

:)

Dana Ames

That was the "old" St. Peters- the one they tore down and replaced with the present building, funds for which the Papacy was raising by was selling indulgences along about, oh, A.D. 1500...

See a rendition of the old one here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Saint_Peter%27s_Basilica

I had never seen it before, but this drawing seems to confirm your hunch. The "new" St. Peter's is shaped like a Roman cross, all enclosed; 1300 years of architiectural history passed, and styles change :)

It's very impressive. In my youth, I climbed to the top of the dome (another related word there, eh?), then went down to the crypts and saw Peter's burial site. One could spend a whole day there and still not take it all in.

Dana

Michael W. Kruse

Thanks for the link! Very cool. I'd love to learn more about the specific floor plan inside.

It was my impression, from what I had read, that even the present bascilica gives the sense of a perisytle (a colonnade in the shape of a cross with rooms around the sides) although clearly there is a dome over the peristyle.

What nice memories you have of it. I'll get there someday. :)

Dana Ames

Make some plans for it!

I think the the atrium has opened out into, and is now more symbolic as, St. Peter's Square. Bernini's rounded colonnade surrounding the piazza is talked about in the literature as the arms of the (RC) Church open to the world. That makes lovely sense now that we know more about the churches meeting in the atria.

Praying for you and the rest of the committee today as you work.

Dana

kerryn

Michael,
pictures too!
(brings back my own special day of touring round Pompeii many years ago!)
thanks for your efforts to explain things so clearly.
looking forwards to more!
(-:
kerryn

Michael W. Kruse

Gidday Kerryn

I keep learning more is I try to explain this stuff. That is one of the main reasons I do it. Glad you are getting something out it too!

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