|the largest altarpiece in the world, at the Seville Cathedral|
We arrived in Rome on Friday, March 20 after a night’s stopover in Dubai. We met Bill’s daughter Suzanne and her family at an Avis branch, and we all drove to Sorrento for a beautiful night on the coast. After a day in Pompeii, we reached Soriano Nel Cimino, our time-share home in Italy, late at night. Early the next morning, we heard a Latin mass at a little church in town, the first of a total of eight churches we visited in Italy. When we got to Spain, during Holy Week, we visited three more for a total of eleven churches in our 2015 Visita Iglesia.
|Duomo di Viterbo|
|Il Duomo del Firenze|
|Cathedral Santa Croce|
|Santa Maria Maggiore|
We arrived in Benal Beach, Spain near Malaga where our time-share condo was located on Saturday, March 28. On Palm Sunday, we were supposed to hear Mass at the little church in the resort town of Costa del Sol. We woke up very late, however, still recovering from a whirlwind tour of Italy. We began our Visita Iglesia in Spain by going up to the white mountain city of Mijas to see the (9) Rock Chapel. It is perched atop a hill and gives a panoramic view of all the white homes in town and the high-rise condos and hotels of a piece of Costa del Sol below.
|the Mijas Rock Chapel|
|the Malaga Cathedral|
|the Seville Cathedral|
Eleven churches, big and small, simple and ornate, locally and globally significant, this was our 2015 Visita Iglesia! My phone app told me the story: days of 16,000-32,000 steps per day. My feet took me to eleven places where art and religion mixed in harmony with my heart and soul.