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

There is apparently some contention over whether the St. Peter's Square area is a part of Rome or actually a part of Vatican City.  This is important to the meaning of the poem:

'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.

Since the perimeter of the Vatican wall leaves the square open, some claim that it is a part of Rome.  There is an obelisk in the square, which was originally brought to Rome by the Emperor Caligula.  It is an obelisk of red granite and dates back to the 13th century BC.  This obelisk is apparently the only one that has never toppled over since the ancient times of Rome.  It's position in the square was finalized in 1586 by an engineer-architect named Domenico Fontana.  This was an amazing feat of engineering.  There are some very old engravings that were made to show how this was accomplished.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was responsible for designing the Piazza di San Pietro.  Though Bernini had no influence in the erection of the obelisk, he did use it as the centerpiece of his magnificent piazza.  Robert Langdon had come to St. Peter's Square to see the West Ponente, which means West Wind.  It is also known as Respiro di Dio, or the Breath of God.  It is a bas-relief, a two dimensional sculpture.  A marble block embedded in the square at the base of the obelisk.  It was carved and put there by Bernini! 

The third Illuminati brand was AIR and it was burned into the chest of the second kidnapped Cardinal.  Robert Langdon had not been able to stop the killing.

The West Ponente relief showed a direction to the site of the next Illuminati marker...


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.  Do you have any pictures of the West Ponente by Bernini to share?

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
I have walked around St. Peter's Square and I didn't notice the West Ponente embedded in the square. My next trip to Rome will include a visit to the Vatican to find this sculpture.
Italy, Rome, St. Peter's Square
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