A SITE DEVOTED TO THE ACADEMIC STUDY OF SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS, SPONSORED BY THE AQUINAS CENTER AT AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY
On a research trip to Rome in 2002 I grabbed these pictures on my trusty Canon AE-1 camera. Developed them and scanned them (before our phones became our cameras!), and posted them here. The trip to Roccasecca was courtesy of Stephen Brock and Kevin Flannery. Wow.
Heading into Roccasecca from the A1.
Getting closer into town….
The Chiesa di San Tommaso, consecrated in 1323, the year of Thomas’s canonization.
The church from the front, ugly light post and all.
Me (Mark Johnson) on the steps in front of the chiesa.
Looking down upon the Valle del Liri from the church-area.
Side view of the church, focusing upon the campanile.
At the top of the hill behind the church, looking down (east) upon the outskirts of Roccasecca.
The west-facing ruins of the Aquino family castle.
Looking onto the valley from inside the ruins. Gosh, I wish I had brought my flash.
Part of a wall. I love this desolate picture.
Atop the castle area, looking down upon more ruins.
An attempt to take an interesting picture through a window. I sure wish I had my flash!
Looking down upon the valley. My, how green it is…
A door in the castle wall.
A detail of the previous picture.
A nice try at getting the church from behind the portal/gate. Every attempt at getting the wall to come through with Photoshop has failed. Next time, I bring my flash.
A nice little lunette with a fresco of St. Thomas inside. I got this from many angles.
Closer to the lunette.
The best shot; from the side. This is the angle you’ll see elsewhere on the web site.
Heading out of town (i.e., heading North), and looking back. What a wonderful day.
Back in Rome, looking around in the atrium at San Clemente’s before I got into the crypt to see Fr Boyle’s tomb.
Another detail of the atrium. Notice the different columns!
At the colloseum, I’m getting ready to head over to Santa Sabina.
The Santa Anna gate at the Vatican, through which you go to get into the BAV (the Vatican Library, or Biblioteca apostolica vaticana).
Inside Santa Sabina, looking at the north wall. I love this coloration.
Looking towards the choir and the altar.
The tomb of Munio of Zamora.
Another picture of the north wall.
Looking at the basilica, from the garden to its east.
This time from the north-east.
Again, from the north east.
Some orange trees.
Some more orange trees.
Entrance into the Santa Sabina compound, from the west.
Another picture of the wall and doorway. How long as this wall been there?
Picture of the outside of the Vatican Library (I was doing some manuscript work there).
Early-evening picture of the Angelicum.