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The god that one imagines, a column by Sergio del Molino

The god that one imagines, a column by Sergio del Molino

“With these conditions it is not surprising that the masses queuing to enter the Pantheon do not dare to flood the neighboring basilica”

Next to the Pantheon, in the bud of Romethere is a rare basilica which many tourists pass by. Is called Saint Mary sopra Minerva —so it contains in its name all of pagan and Christian Rome, making it clear which of the two prevails— and it is one of the very few examples of Gothic architecture in the city. Gothic, dominant throughout Christian Europe, does not exist in the capital of Christendom, and the few remains that remain are eclectic and very uncanonical. Santa Maria sopra Minerva is Gothic in its own way, It doesn’t look like Notre Dame or Burgos. It is a construction that is more flat than sharp and is painted white on the outside, with an apse invisible from the street and three of its sides embedded in the adjacent buildings. Even the entrance is complicated: although one of its doors opens onto the busy Piazza della Minerva, it is almost always closed.

The interested visitor must go all the way around a labyrinth of alleys, following confusing and half-hearted instructions (Roman style, wow) that can lead to perdition and giving up. The first time I tried I couldn’t find it and I ended up having a gelato on the Seminario road, tired of false leads. But it is advisable to persist and follow the trail of instinct: although the Curia does not make it easy, it is worth exploring the area until you find the door.

For now, Santa Maria sopra Minerva is a haven of peace in the heart of a city that knows neither loneliness nor respite.

Under these conditions, it is not surprising that the masses queuing to enter the Pantheon do not dare to flood the neighboring basilica, for which we must thank the Vatican administration for its apathy and incompetence. The day they become effective and mark the doors, it will not be possible. For now, Santa Maria sopra Minerva It is a haven of peace in the heart of a city who knows neither loneliness nor respite. I love to sit on their benches for a while, among the Gothic darkness (it is the only tenebrist Gothic church I know), and pretend to be one of those tourists on the Grand Tour, when only the English gentlemen and Stendhal traveled.

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