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Pilgrimage : a chronicle of Christianity through the churches of Rome.
Hager, June.
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London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999.
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224 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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NA5620.A1 H34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Rome is famous as the capital of Christianity and the "city of a thousand churches". With a fresh perspective on the history of the Roman Catholic church recounted for the millennial jubilee, visit forty sacred buildings, from the ancient catacombs to the most recent churches raised in the sprawling suburbs, and become swept up in the stories of each one: S. Stefano Rotondo, built to honor Christianity's first martyr, has close and mysterious associations to Christ's own tomb in Jerusalem; S. Maria Sopra Minerva is filled with art treasures and the ghosts of protagonists from medieval Rome; S. Andrea al Quirinale, with its oval shape, theatrical altar, and splendid dome, epitomizes the Baroque at its height. End with the origins of jubilees and the churches dedicated to them. Plus: an introduction by Pope John Paul II's chosen deputy for the Great Jubilee.

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Booklist Review

Asserting that the history of Christianity can be traced, to a certain extent, through the churches of Rome, Hager conducts a guided tour of more than 40 significant Roman chapels, shrines, churches, and cathedrals. Beginning with the catacombs and continuing in chronological order, the author evaluates the art and architecture of each individual house of worship, emphasizing the fact that the churches were designed to reflect the cultural and political trends of each passing century. In addition, she investigates the evolution of Christianity from the arrival of the apostles Peter and Paul in Rome to the elaborate preparations for Jubilee 2000. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, this progressive two-millennium journey through church history will appeal to both serious students and casual browsers. --Margaret Flanagan

Library Journal Review

This book captures the sacredness of a part of Rome that contains many Christian Churches and is preparing for a Jubilee celebration in 2000. Hager, a freelance journalist, has written not a conventional travel guide but a history of a Christian space rich in architectural wonders and art treasures. With the help of Grzegorz Galazka's over 170 photographs, she leads readers through a history of Rome's churches and gives a preview of what is planned for December 31, 1999. She takes readers on a tour of over 43 churches and catacombs, in chronological order, from the pagan catacombs, to martyrs shrines such as the Church of Saint Bibiana (protectress of the insane, of epileptics, and of drunkards), to the massive St. Peter's Basilica (in honor of the first apostle). The length of the citations varies, but the information and photographs contained here provides a unique, historical travelers' aid. Popular in context, this is a good, illustrated panorama of introductory information on Rome's Christian history. Recommended for public libraries.ÄLeo Vincent Kriz, West Des Moines Lib., IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.