San Paulo entro le Mura

For some reason I never got a shot of the outside of the building. I borrowed this image: http://www.trasecoli.it/sito/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=289%3Asan-paolo-entro-le-mura&Itemid=54

San Paulo entro le Mura. For some reason I never got a shot of the outside of the building. I borrowed this image: http://www.trasecoli.it/sito/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=289%3Asan-paolo-entro-le-mura&Itemid=54

Maybe my neck was just tired from looking at all of the domes, but it was my second day in Rome, and something possessed me to look at the floor. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. How did it happen that my feet were treading on something just as beautiful as the building upon which it stood?

I had never really thought about mosaics before, but I was instantly hooked. For the next seven days, I spent all of my free time hunting down pavements, and documenting them. I even started drawing the patterns in the cobblestone streets (of which there are a wide variety). I used my notebook for scale, but a lot of people gave me weird looks: There I was–a red blooded American–kicking around a pink notebook and staring at the floor. Oh well… the sacrifices we make for beauty. Below I included pictures of the pavement in San Paolo entro le Mura which is right off of Via Nationale. Apparently they hold chamber orchestra concerts on a regular basis, but when I went I was too poor to afford them. Maybe next time.

There I was: a red blooded American, kicking around a pink notebook and staring at the floor.

So, I don’t know why I sunk my teeth into San Paulo entro le Mura, but for some reason I couldn’t get enough. It was built in the 19th century for the American Episcopal Church of Rome. I don’t know what American got the bright idea to proselytize in the Pope’s backyard, but they at least built a decent church.

I probably spent a good thirty minutes drawing all of those little squares.

I probably spent a good thirty minutes drawing all of those little squares.

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Well, you know…. I just had to try it.

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