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Angels And Demons - FIRE
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009

A quick trip to the Vatican archives convinced Robert Langdon that he knew where the hassassin would strike next.  Racing to the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, he sought to locate the sculpture of The Ecstacy of St. Teresa.  The Vatican had frowned on the statue as unfit for a decoration in any church.  At the suggestion of the artist, the sculpture had been moved here.  The artist was again Bernini! 

The sculpture depicted St. Teresa in ecstacy over the spiritual (or, some critics say, sexual) fulfillment by an angel.  The angel held a fiery spear pointed to the west.  The Vatican's own property ledger contained descriptions of the Bernini statue:

...angel's spear tipped with point of fire...
...angel's head emanating rays of fire...
...woman inflamed by passion's fire...

Bernini had even chosen a particular type of angel.  He chose a seraphim.  The literal meaning of Seraphim is "the fiery one."

He arrived too late, however.  The Cardinal's flesh was being consumed by the flames all around him.  On his chest was the FIRE brand.  The hassassin nearly killed Professor Langdon, escaping to the Church of Illumination.  The hassassin had one more task to carry out and his work would be done.  Robert Langdon had to make his way to the next Illuminati marker, and fast.

From Santi's earthly tomb with devil's hole,
'Cross Rome the mystic elements unfold.
The path of light is laid, the sacred test,
Let angels guide you on your lofty quest.

Professor Langdon commandeered a car and made his way to Piazza Navona...


This series of articles is aimed at examining the sites in the Dan Brown novel (and now motion picture) Angels and Demons.  The book provided some insights into places in Rome that are often overlooked, simply because there are so many things to see in Rome.  Join me in learning more about these places and the history and people behind them.  If you have been in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, please contribute pictures!

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
Having only seen the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria on a map, I had no idea what was to be found inside. My next trip to Rome will definitely include a visit to this church to see Bernini's work and to get pictures!
Italy, Rome, St. Teresa in Ecstacy,
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