We have made an effort when traveling through Europe to not only visit famous Churches but also the Synagogues. In each city we find the ancient ghettos and houses of worships that our ancestors visited. Tempio Maggiore di Roma is truly one of the most magnificent Synagogues on the planet. Like most Synagogues and few Churches it is guarded by the military the necessity of which makes me sad.
Our tour was allowed in at the end of a wedding which made our visit even more special. There is also a wonderful Jewish Museum which I will cover in a future post.
After four days in Rome seeing antiquites and monuments we decided to do something different and went to The Macro. This is the nickname for Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Rome or the Museum of Modern Art. It was a great place to cleanse your pallet of the ancient. The elevator itself is a work of art inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rope.
The Pantheon is a beautiful historical building in Paris. It was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve. Now, it serves as a crypt for famous French statesmen and kings. It is an early example of Neoclassicism, with a facade modelled after the Pantheon in Rome. It seemed strange to see an Argentinean Gaucho sitting on the steps. Maybe dressed in costume for a play or for a job in an Argentinian Restaurant? I guess I should have asked, but was too busy taking this picture. To buy a print of this image on my commercial site, click here.